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Trib HS Insider Q&A: Jeannette's Damone Morton

| Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
Southmoreland High School’s Daniel Andrejko (left) deflects the long pass to Jeannette High School’s Damone Morton (right) on Friday night Aug. 31, 2012. S.C. Spangler | Tribune-Review
Charleroi's Greg Arnold (29) almost intercepts ball meant for Jeannette's Damone Morton (5) in the second quarter of a Sept. 7 game at Charleroi stadium. Jim Ference | Valley Independent

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.

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