Morgan football players, cheerleader recognizedPublished 5:45pm Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Morgan Academy Senators have two Alabama Independent School Association all-star football players, one all-star cheerleader and a player on the injury team.
The football players — seniors Jamie Bearden and Harrison Watters — will participate on the west team in the all-star game at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Logan Cole, the all-star cheerleader, will also participate in the festivities.
“It is always a big deal when you have kids make the all-star team,” Morgan Academy head coach Bob Taylor said. “You wish all your seniors could make it because it is a huge honor for them.”
In nine games this season, Watters caught 61 passes for 1,059 yards and 14 touchdowns. Bearden had 154 rushing attempts for 759 yards and eight touchdowns, plus 18 receptions for 260 yards and three touchdowns.
“To have two — Harrison had a great year and Bearden had a good year also — and for other coaches to recognize that they were an all-star caliber player, that says a lot about them and what they did in our game situations,” Taylor said.
For Watters and Bearden, the all-star game will likely be their final chance to play football, unless they walk on to play football somewhere else or a scholarship presents itself between now and next season.
“I always wanted to [make the all-star team] when I was little but now that it happened I am just excited. I am excited to get out there and play with the other guys,” Watters said.
Bearden said since football season ended, it has been odd not having a lot to do.
“It’s pretty weird actually,” Bearden said. “It feels weird going home every day and not having anything to do and being bored. I’m going to miss it.”
Cole has only been cheerleading for two seasons and made the team after trying out against other cheerleaders in her region.
“It is such a blessing and an honor,” Cole said. “When they called my name out at cheer camp, I was so happy. I worked hard and I am just really happy.”
Along with Bearden, Watters and Cole, Dalton Lee made the all-injured team after hurting his shoulder in the Senators’ third game this season.