Moorman: I Do My Job
November 20, 2009
GRAVETTE Colt Moorman has been unselfish during his three-year career at Gravette, playing nearly every position on the football field as a starter or backup.
It’s been the same story this year as Moorman has emerged as the leader of the Lions’ offense while splitting time with junior Colton Davis at quarterback.
“I’m here to do my part, whether it’s playing defense or just coming in half a game,” Moorman said. “I do what the coaches want me to do. I do my job.”
That job has changed game by game.
Moorman started the season rotating series with Davis and playing some defense, where he started as a sophomore and junior.
But Moorman, who has played linebacker, cornerback, fullback and receiver in the past, took all of the snaps in last week’s run-oriented game plan in a 12-7 win against Valley View in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
“They (Moorman and Davis) are both team players, and they want to do what we think is best for the team,” Gravette coach Bill Harrelson said. “They’ve been team players all the way. It’s been a good situation for us.”
Harrelson said both quarterbacks will likely be used when the Lions host Heber Springs the second round of the postseason at 7:30 p.m. today in Lions Stadium.
The flow of the game usually dictates who is taking snaps for the Lions (9-2). Moorman gives Gravette more of a running threat at quarterback.
“We use him to run the ball because it gives us a dual threat back there,” Harrelson said.
“He’s a spark plug, a real leader that’s come in there and made some huge plays for us this year running the ball and passing the ball.”
Moorman feels his strength is running the ball and knows he’ll be taking snaps if the Lions are running their ball-control offense.
“By running the ball we control the game more, control the line of scrimmage, keep the ball in our hands and keep the defense off the field,” Moorman said.
But he’s been a strong passing option too, throwing for more than 600 yards this season and completing nearly 75 percent of his passes during the regular season.
He threw for five first downs against Valley View, including three on third-and-long.
Moorman was worried early in the season that switching quarterbacks would be disruptive to the offense, but the Lions have had success in it.
“Sometimes when you come out every series, it’s hard to get in the flow of the game,” Moorman said. “But I just try to do the best I can, do my job while I’m in there.”
Davis, who taken over twice this season when Moorman was injured, has done his job, too.
“Colton Davis is the one that’s made it work because of his attitude and his willingness to prepare every week and get ready to play and always stays warm on the sideline,” Harrelson said. “He’s the one that’s really made it work.”