By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
There are three phases a football team needs to be successful in to win a game — offense, defense and special teams. Friday at Yale, senior Scotty Van Dorn helped the Morrison Wildcats be successful in two of the three in a 36-0 victory over the Bulldogs.
“I just fill my role,” Van Dorn said. “I do what I can to help the team win. I’m pumped that I’m the featured running back. It’s a lot of fun but a lot of responsibility.”
During that game at McGee Field in Yale, Van Dorn rushed for 167 yards, scored three rushing touchdowns and a two-point conversion. On defense as a defensive back, the senior stripped Yale running back Eric Hambrick and ran for a 20-yard fumble return touchdown. Van Dorn said he was glad he could have that kind of impact.
“It felt great,” Van Dorn said. “I did everyting I possibly could to help my team win that game.”
Van Dorn may not have the size of other running backs in Class A but Morrison coach Cory Bales said that doesn’t stop his senior.
“He rarely goes down on first contact,” Bales said. “He’s a hard-nosed runner and can pick up extra yards.”
Van Dorn said it has more to do with effort than size.
“I just run the ball as hard as I can,” Van Dorn said. “Size doesn’t have a lot to do with it. It’s more about effort.”
This season has been special for Van Dorn because not only is it his senior year but his younger brother Andrew is playing on the team.
“It’s really exciting and I’m super pumped about it,” Van Dorn said. “I enjoy it. I can help make him a better player so he can step up and fill my shoes.”
Thursday against Drumright, Van Dorn will get another first as he makes his first start at quarterback. The senior is not apprehensive and is looking forward to the opportunity.
“I’m confident in taking snaps,” Van Dorn said. “It’s not much different (than playing running back). I put a lot of work in practice. I think we are all coming together and are focused on doing our jobs.”
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