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By Joe Thomas
Ledger Editor 

FHS's McMorris takes talents to Jerry World

Plays in All-American Bowl in Dallas, Texas

 

January 28, 2021

Joe Thomas

McMorris with Coach Vickery

Flomaton High School senior Riley McMorris was a member of the 2018 Flomaton High School state championship team, but didn't play in the title game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. Although he was in awe when he walked into that stadium, that awe drew larger Jan. 18, when he walked into to the Dallas Cowboy's AT&T Stadium as a player in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl game.

"It was awesome, just walking into that stadium," McMorris said. "It was just awesome."

McMorris has been a starting offensive lineman for the Hurricanes the past two years and was named to two All-State teams in 2019.

His journey to AT&T stadium began by attending a football camp near Montgomery and his performance moved him to a camp in Daytona. His performance at that camp got him an invitation to participate in the All-American Bowl at a place some simply call 'Jerry's World'.

His family drove to Dallas and arrived on Friday, Jan. 15. A few days of practice led up to Monday's game.

McMorris said there were players from all over the country participating, but two twins from Mississippi, who started with him on the offensive line, stood out.

"We had another guy on the line from Texas," he said. "It was great to meet all these people and play with them and against them."

He did say his Blue team won the game.

When contacted inside the Flomaton High School weight room Monday afternoon while still lifting weights, McMorris said he'd like to continue playing football.

While not a lot of offers have come so far, he did say he's been offered a scholarship to play at a junior college in California.

"I know it's a little far from home, but it's exciting," he said. "We'll see. I just want to play more football."

Flomaton head football coach Doug Vickery said McMorris deserved the right to go to Dallas for the all-star game for his many years of working hard to improve and get better.

"As you can see, he's in here lifting weights and doing the things he needs to do to get better," Vickery said Monday. "I'm so proud of the work ethic he's put in the entire time he's been here. He deserves the attention the intention he's getting because he's worked hard for it."

Vickery said since he's been at Flomaton, McMorris became the second player to be invited to the All-American Bowl, following Austin Moye, who participated a few years ago.

 
 

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