Morales has played through injury, seen ups and downs at Como-Pickton

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 19, 2007 - COMO - For senior Everado Morales, playing on the Como-Pickton football team has seen its ups and downs the past three seasons.

After a torn ACL injury ended his sophomore season, Morales came back for his junior year on the JV and is now a part of the varsity team that is currently 3-3 on the season. The Eagles face a tough Quitman Bulldog team tonight in Quitman.

"I played my sophomore year but had to end the season to a torn ACL injury," the senior said. "After last year, I really didn't know what winning was like but this year it feels more comfortable going out there. A lot of the players that I played with were on JV so we pretty much knew what we were going up against."

First-year coach Paul Tullis said having Morales play on the varsity this year has been a pleasant surprise for the Eagles offensively.

"Everado didn't play his sophomore year and then last year he came back in and played on the JV for us," Tullis said. "He is still trying to learn a little bit about football and this past offseason he worked hard lifting weights and really worked hard during the spring.

"He was projected to be the starting defensive end but he took over the starting tight end role for us early this fall."

Being a two-way starter this year is something Morales has had to get used to as the starting tight end and starting linebacker and he said playing both positions help him figure out his opponents each week.

"Being a tight end, most linebackers or defensive ends play linebacker so you know what to expect from a tight end when you play those spots," said Morales, the son of Lucio and Susana Morales. "You are able to figure out how to go against them."

This season, Morales has caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown against Quinlan Boles in Week 3 of the season. He said scoring the touchdown was a highlight of the season.

"Being used with scoring, you don't know how it feels until you are there and then you feel good about it," he said. "You hope you can do it again and help the team out. We all work as a team on the field and we leave it all out on the field."

He said working with Coach Tullis this year has helped him to put the team first and not his individual accomplishments first.

"With coach Tullis as head coach, last year I was a guy that would try to make the play and this year I try to get everybody into it," Morales said. "Last year on JV, I wanted to make the tackles as much as I could and now this year I try to hold the guy back and have other players come and help me out so I don't have to do it by myself."

Morales said after college he wants to become a professional baseball player or an auto technician. He plans on attending ATI for auto technician school.

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