Boyd QB Eli Morris phenomenal under fire


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Boyd Buchanan’s Eli Morris was one of the top-dual threat quarterbacks in our area last year, accounting for 29 touchdowns. The Bucs unassuming senior leader remains a threat this fall, racking up three more touchdowns in Boyd’s season opener.

You see Eli Morris get off the bus at 5’11, 165-pounds, you’re probably not too concerned. Good luck though stopping him on the field.

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“Hearing somebody’s a gamer isn’t always a thing a coach wants to hear, but Eli, he’s definitely a gamer. We’ll go with that,” coach Jeremy Bosken said. “When the lights come on, he just takes it to a whole other level. He loves the pressure. He loves just being coached. He loves fire breathed on him.”

Last year, the Bucs gamer threw for over 21-hundred yards and ran for nearly 800-yards. So keep overlooking Morris at your own peril.

“You get overlooked a lot of the times and sometimes you get unaccounted for, that creates big plays, and big plays win games,” Morris said.

Morris was named a Mr. Football Award semi-finalist last season, but he shrugs off that accomplishment.

“The goal is nothing individually,” Morris said. “I want to take this team as far as it can go, and all of these people here want to. My leadership [is what makes me special for the Bucs]. I’ve been a starter on this team for about four years.”

“His leadership skills. He gets everybody motivated and just pushes everybody,” senior Kristian Hughley said.

Despite his stats and leadership, Morris still has no college offers.

“That’s just another reason for me to work harder, another reason I’m discounted,” Morris said. “I have to work harder and try harder than everybody else.”

The Bucs play region rival CCS in News 12’s Game of the Week, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Finley Stadium. Tune into News 12 Now at 6, Touchdown Friday Night and News 12 Overtime for a complete look into this game.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at"