A happy return for Kingsway's Morrison

Justin Morrison, who missed last season with a knee injury, has scored eight touchdowns.
Justin Morrison, who missed last season with a knee injury, has scored eight touchdowns. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer)
Posted: October 24, 2013

Justin Morrison is in a rush this season.

The Kingsway senior is making up for lost time after missing his junior football season because of a knee injury.

"I feel like I waited a long time for this," Morrison said. "I waited for my chance."

The 6-foot, 185-pound all-purpose player has made the most of his opportunities through the first half of the season. He is among South Jersey's scoring leaders with eight touchdowns as Kingsway (4-1) has won four in a row after dropping its season opener to Shawnee.

Kingsway, the No. 10 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, will host Pennsauken (2-3) on Friday night in a West Jersey Football League National Division game.

"It was tough to be 0-1," Morrison said of the Dragons' reaction to a 25-19 loss to Shawnee on Sept. 12. "But we kept our heads up. We're playing a lot better now than we were at the beginning of the season, and we want to keep getting better."

Morrison was regarded as one of South Jersey's top young players after his sophomore season. But he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus in his right knee during a workout at a scouting combine in April 2012.

Morrison sat out last season as Kingsway went 8-4 and reached the South Jersey Group 4 final. He finally was in uniform for the last game, although he never took the field.

"It was crazy," Morrison said of his junior year. "I went to practices and games and tried to help out as much as I could. But it was really tough. You want to play, and you can't."

Morrison said he was drawing recruiting interest from colleges before suffering the injury. He knows he needs to use this season to prove to college scouts that he has recovered fully.

Morrison has teamed with senior Ray Lawry, an Old Dominion recruit, to give Kingsway a strong one-two punch at running back.

Lawry, the team's tailback, has 691 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Morrison, who has played mostly fullback, has 345 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.

Morrison also is a top receiver, return man, and defensive back. He has six receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown. He also has scored TDs on a punt return, fumble return, and interception return.

"I take a lot of pride in that," Morrison said of his versatility. "You have to find a way to score for your team. It's not just offense. It's defense and special teams, too.

"If you can find a way to help your team, you have to do it."

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