Trib HS Insider Q&A: Jeannette's Damone Morton
By Dave Mackall
Published: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
When Jeannette wide receiver and linebacker Damone Morton scored two defensive touchdowns Friday in the second quarter of the Jayhawks' 45-13 victory over Yough, he wondered if he was going back in time.
Morton, a 6-foot-3 and 180-pound junior, made one of his two fumble recoveries in the game in the end zone for one score and returned an interception 58 yards on the final play of the first half for the other.
“I did that once in a JV game against Southmoreland,” Morton said. “I recovered a fumble, but it wasn't in the end zone. The interception went for a touchdown. As soon as that happened (Friday), I thought about that game.”
It continued a stretch of big plays for the speedy Morton, who already is attracting attention from Division I schools. He previously scored on touchdown receptions of 82 yards against Charleroi on Sept. 7 and 58 yards against Southmoreland on Aug. 31. Q: Are you surprised by the kind of season you're having so far?
A: I'm very surprised. It's been pretty good. I'm gaining confidence each week. I just want to remain consistent.
Q: What's some of your interests outside of school?
A: After practice, I like to go home and sleep, but I also do my school work. Sometimes I watch football games with my mom on TV. But mainly, I'm trying to impress my family by getting my school work done and succeeding.
Q: Who's your favorite athlete?
A: I like watching LeBron James. I just like watching how he performs. Football-wise, I like watching the Steelers and Baltimore. Sometimes I watch guys making big catches — guys like (Steelers wide receiver) Mike Wallace — and want to do it like that.
Q: You still have another year remaining to decide, but do you have an idea what you'd like to do after high school?
A: I plan on playing football, still. First, I really try not to focus on football until my school work is done. If I handle all that, then I'll probably try to play college football.
Q: Who's been the biggest influence in your life?
A: My pap (Arthur “Hookem” Graves). He does a lot for me. I'm really thankful for my pap. My mom (Toi Tucker) supports me, and she's there for me. She comes to all my games. I try to perform for her.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kovacevic: Got proof on Tomlin? Let’s hear it
- Ex-Penguins winger Kennedy ‘emotional’ about return
- Ex-Steeler WR Wallace: It was a ‘challenge’ for Haley to use me
- Schmotzer resigns high-paid administrative job with Baldwin-Whitehall
- Dozens of workers strike outside Downtown fast-food locations
- Film about former Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis in prestigious festival
- Pirates’ Snider talks about surgery, rebuilding swing
- Penguins notebook: Sill thrives on penalty kill
- Steelers coach Tomlin fined $100K by NFL
- Worker finds man’s body in Monessen
- Personality Test: Paul Chryst