There’s nothing subtle about the way Fleetwood senior Gavin Morris runs the football.
He’s doesn’t possess a lot of speed, nor does he try to fake out too many defenders. He is just determined to get the job done.
Morris rushed for 137 yards and scored four touchdowns Thursday night to help Fleetwood kick off Week 2 of the high school football season with a 38-14 non-league win over visiting Annville-Cleona.
“I just like to run through people,” the 5-9, 195-pound Morris said. “I’ll put a move on them every once in a while to keep them honest. But I’ll just run you over. I’ll just get all the yards I can and fall forward. I don’t really like juking.”
Morris scored on runs of 5, 1 and 6 yards and hauled in a 9-yard shovel pass from Tanner Maddocks to lead the Tigers (1-1).
Morris also bulled his way for runs of 43 and 23 yards as he ran through the Annville-Cleona line and secondary.
“He’s a plugger,” said Fleetwood coach Steve Beatty. “He’s strong up the middle. The line’s playing good, they’re giving him a hole to run through.”
Maddocks ran 4 yards for Fleetwood’s first score and Dylan Fickes also had a 1-yard TD run for the Tigers.
The Tigers scored on their first two possessions for a quick 14-0 lead and were in front 26-0 before the Dutchmen (0-1) scored in the final minute of the first half.
Maddocks ran for 109 yards on 16 carries as Fleetwood dominated the game on the ground. The Tigers racked up 331 yards on 44 carries and were content to keep the ball on the ground most of the game.
Annville-Cleona capped a short drive right before halftime with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Keller to Phoenix Music.
Fleetwood’s improving defense limited Annville-Cleona to 139 yards on the ground, 63 of those coming on a late touchdown run by Rogan Harter.
“We know our offense is really good and we know we can keep it going with Tanner and all our weapons,” said Morris, who also plays linebacker. “This year we just needed to step up on defense.”
Source: Berkshire mont