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NEWS-SENTINEL FOOTBALL ALL-AREA TEAM: Peter Morrison leads the way on star-studded squads

Concordia Lutheran senior quarterback Peter Morrison had one of the best seasons statistically in Fort Wayne history. (News-Sentinel file photo)
Concordia Lutheran senior quarterback Peter Morrison had one of the best seasons statistically in Fort Wayne history. (News-Sentinel file photo)
Peter Morrison's record-setting effort in the Class 3A state title game helped Concordia win its first-ever football state championship. (News-Sentinel file photo)
Peter Morrison's record-setting effort in the Class 3A state title game helped Concordia win its first-ever football state championship. (News-Sentinel file photo)

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2016 NEWS-SENTINEL FOOTBALL ALL-AREA TEAM

BIG SCHOOL (Classes 4-6)
OFFENSE
QB - Andrew McCormick, junior, East Noble
RB - Nishawn Jones, senior, New Haven
RB - Money Woods, senior, Snider
WR - Mac Hippenhammer, senior, Snider
WR - Dylan Hunley, senior, East Noble
WR - Justin Becker, junior, Carroll
OL - Sam Henry, senior, Bishop Dwenger
OL - Grant Purlee, senior, Homestead
OL - Zenden Dellinger, senior, Snider
OL - Curtis Blackwell, senior, Norwell
OL - Evan Elston, senior, Homestead
K - Paul Buisman, senior, Snider
Athlete - Jordan Presley, sophomore, Homestead

DEFENSE
DL - Frank Yanko, senior, Bishop Dwenger
DL - Tico Brown, junior, Homestead
DL - Zach McDowell, junior, Snider
DL - Lawrence Johnson, junior, Snider
LB - Austin France, junior, Snider
LB - Peter Winkeljohn, senior, Bishop Dwenger
LB - Moses Girardot, senior, Homestead
DB - Matt Anderson, senior, Homestead
DB - Dom Slaughter, senior, Snider
DB - Ivan Upshaw, senior, New Haven
DB - Ahmaud Hill, senior, Wayne
P - Ben Von Gunten, junior, Leo
Athlete - Deandrew Stroud, senior, Snider

SMALL SCHOOL (Classes 1-3)

OFFENSE
QB - Peter Morrison, senior, Concordia Lutheran
RB - Cam Smith, junior, Garrett
RB - Drew Schultz, junior, Adams Central
WR - Mark Mallers, senior, Concordia Lutheran
WR - Ben Purdy, senior, Garrett
WR - Trevon McCarter, junior, Woodlan
OL - Nick Webb, senior, Concordia Lutheran
OL - Zach Starks, senior, Bishop Luers
OL - Cordell Camp, senior, Garrett
OL - Jacob Doll, junior, Concordia Lutheran
OL - Brandon Schoeneman, senior, Adams Central
K - Jose Garcia, senior, Bellmont
Athlete - J'Lyn Charlton, senior, Bishop Luers

DEFENSE
DL - Anton Berry, senior, Bishop Luers
DL - Tre Underwood, senior, Bishop Luers
DL - Trey Freeman, junior, Concordia Lutheran
DL - Malik Murray, senior, Woodlan
LB - Drew Bordner, senior, Concordia Lutheran
LB - Garrett Horn, junior, Churubusco
LB - Caleb Hankenson, senior, Bellmont
DB - Peterson Kerlegrand, senior, Concordia Lutheran
DB - Colton Grahovac, junior, Concordia Lutheran
DB - Ahlan Howard, junior, Woodlan
DB - Justin Gaston, sophomore, Bishop Luers
P - Joey Emenhiser, sophomore, Churubusco
Athlete - Jordan Delagrange, senior, Woodlan


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Concordia QB stayed patient before breaking records as a senior

Monday, December 26, 2016 12:01 AM
Peter Morrison was angry.

Angry for the second time.

Actually, angry may be putting it mildly.

"I was really pissed actually," said Morrison. "But I couldn't do anything about it. I couldn't change the situation."

It was the fall of 2015 and Morrison, then a junior, had just lost the starting quarterback battle for the second time to Daniel Sparks. Just as he did as a sophomore, Morrison would play the season at wide receiver instead of his natural position.

"We opened the job (in 2014 and 2015) and it was a tough decision because both kids were good players," said Concordia Lutheran coach Tim Mannigel. "We felt as a staff that Peter could help us more at receiver than Daniel. It was all about getting our best athletes on the field.

"The competitor in Peter wasn't happy, which was great, he should feel that way. But he was always supportive of Daniel."

Instead of sulking or attempting to transfer to a place he could start, Morrison did what was asked of him.

"I accepted my role," Morrison said. "During games I didn't think about it too much, but going into practice I'd be like, 'Dang, I have to play receiver again.'

"It was definitely tough. I just had to persevere through it."

Morrison did not like having to bide his time at quarterback, but he made his one season as the starter behind center count. Finally ascending to the role as a senior, Morrison put together what is believed to be the best season statistically at quarterback in Fort Wayne high school football history. At all of 5-foot-10, the senior threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 52 touchdowns with just four interceptions, leading the Cadets to their first-ever state championship in football.

For his achievements, Morrison is being honored as this year's News-Sentinel Football Player of the Year.

For Bishop Luers coach Kyle Lindsay, whose team lost twice to Concordia this season, it is an award well deserved.

"He amazed me," Lindsay said. "I hated thinking about (the state championship) because Concordia won a 3A title before Luers, but watching him and that performance in that game was remarkable."

Morrison capped his first and only season as a varsity starting quarterback with a record-setting performance in the Class 3A championship game against Lawrenceburg. His six touchdown passes broke the state finals record of five and his 376 yards passing are the most ever in a 3A title contest.

The performance wowed prep football followers around the state, but it was simply business as usual to those who watched Morrison all season long.

"We knew he would be good going into the season, but we weren't sure exactly what we had," Mannigel said. "We knew we would have great leadership because nobody commands the huddle like Peter does. But he exceeded all of our expectations. There was never a game where we walked off the field thinking we needed more out of our quarterback."

After watching his older brother David see his high school career end in regional play in 2013, Peter wanted to go a few steps farther.

"My brother helped to do something few Concordia teams had ever done, but I wanted to go all the way," Morrison said. "I wanted to help leave something people had never seen before.

"That helped me over the years not playing quarterback. I just kept working towards that ultimate goal."

While Morrison's patience was his virtue, so was his acceptance that he would never have the 'ideal' quarterback body.

"I was always waiting for my growth spurt and it never came," Morrison said. "I've just accepted the fact that I'll be 5-10 forever. There is nothing wrong with a short QB."

College interest has come from NAIA Concordia University and Division III Wabash College, with the likelihood that Morrison will experience FBS football like his older brother a long shot.

At the prep level, Morrison's lack of statue never affected him.

"You could walk into any room with Peter and say, 'He threw for almost 4,000 yards and 52 touchdowns' and nobody would believe it," Mannigel said. "That's a testament to him."

In a championship season for the Cadets, it was the unknown senior quarterback that embraced patience in a time of instant gratification who led the way.

"What impressed me most was his decision making and poise back in the pocket," said Lindsay of Morrison. "When you put up the points Concordia did and do what Peter did, a lot of pieces go into that. But I think he was the difference between Concordia being a good team and them being a great team."

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2016 NEWS-SENTINEL FOOTBALL ALL-AREA TEAM

BIG SCHOOL (Classes 4-6)
OFFENSE
QB - Andrew McCormick, junior, East Noble
RB - Nishawn Jones, senior, New Haven
RB - Money Woods, senior, Snider
WR - Mac Hippenhammer, senior, Snider
WR - Dylan Hunley, senior, East Noble
WR - Justin Becker, junior, Carroll
OL - Sam Henry, senior, Bishop Dwenger
OL - Grant Purlee, senior, Homestead
OL - Zenden Dellinger, senior, Snider
OL - Curtis Blackwell, senior, Norwell
OL - Evan Elston, senior, Homestead
K - Paul Buisman, senior, Snider
Athlete - Jordan Presley, sophomore, Homestead

DEFENSE
DL - Frank Yanko, senior, Bishop Dwenger
DL - Tico Brown, junior, Homestead
DL - Zach McDowell, junior, Snider
DL - Lawrence Johnson, junior, Snider
LB - Austin France, junior, Snider
LB - Peter Winkeljohn, senior, Bishop Dwenger
LB - Moses Girardot, senior, Homestead
DB - Matt Anderson, senior, Homestead
DB - Dom Slaughter, senior, Snider
DB - Ivan Upshaw, senior, New Haven
DB - Ahmaud Hill, senior, Wayne
P - Ben Von Gunten, junior, Leo
Athlete - Deandrew Stroud, senior, Snider

SMALL SCHOOL (Classes 1-3)

OFFENSE
QB - Peter Morrison, senior, Concordia Lutheran
RB - Cam Smith, junior, Garrett
RB - Drew Schultz, junior, Adams Central
WR - Mark Mallers, senior, Concordia Lutheran
WR - Ben Purdy, senior, Garrett
WR - Trevon McCarter, junior, Woodlan
OL - Nick Webb, senior, Concordia Lutheran
OL - Zach Starks, senior, Bishop Luers
OL - Cordell Camp, senior, Garrett
OL - Jacob Doll, junior, Concordia Lutheran
OL - Brandon Schoeneman, senior, Adams Central
K - Jose Garcia, senior, Bellmont
Athlete - J'Lyn Charlton, senior, Bishop Luers

DEFENSE
DL - Anton Berry, senior, Bishop Luers
DL - Tre Underwood, senior, Bishop Luers
DL - Trey Freeman, junior, Concordia Lutheran
DL - Malik Murray, senior, Woodlan
LB - Drew Bordner, senior, Concordia Lutheran
LB - Garrett Horn, junior, Churubusco
LB - Caleb Hankenson, senior, Bellmont
DB - Peterson Kerlegrand, senior, Concordia Lutheran
DB - Colton Grahovac, junior, Concordia Lutheran
DB - Ahlan Howard, junior, Woodlan
DB - Justin Gaston, sophomore, Bishop Luers
P - Joey Emenhiser, sophomore, Churubusco
Athlete - Jordan Delagrange, senior, Woodlan


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