Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:22 PM by Bill Halter
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 9:14 PM
Morro Bay has been the most surprising football team on the Central Coast this season. After a 1-9 finish last year the Pirates are 8-3 after winning their first round playoff game against Inglewood. A big reason for Morro Bay's turnaround has been the play and leadership of senior quarterback Jordan Bray.
"During the summer is where we made all of our improvements. Everybody was in the weight room every day in the offseason. We traveled, we went to camp, went to passing tournaments. And then we came into two a days hungry for a win" said Bray.
Bray and fellow senior leader, Jake Beavers have held teammates accountable for things like showing up on time and playing hard.
"Jordan from day one, in the weight room, with all our preseason workouts, he set that tone along with Jake as far as what's the tempo, what's the mindset that we're going to approach each practice and each weight lifting session with" said first year Morro Bay head coach Jack Greer.
Morro Bay doesn't throw much but Bray's been efficient when he has. Bray has completed 64 of 110 passes (58%) for 697 yards and four touchdowns. He's also the teams second leading rusher with 911 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns.
"We go as Jordan goes so to speak, he commands a great huddle. When things are a little bit adverse on the field, he really picks up the offensive lineman" said Greer.
The Morro Bay seniors will graduate with the accomplishment of turning the program around. Also with a number of sophomores being called up for the playoff run, the seniors have shown the next generation of varsity players what being a Pirates football player means.
"After Friday's win they just saw all the excitement. All the emotions. They were all exposed to all that and from here on out they know what it expected from them" said Bray.
The undersized Pirates will once again be playing the role of underdog on Friday in the second round of the CIF playoffs. 10-1 Chaminade will be in Morro Bay, the Eagles are the 12th ranked team in the state.
Bray will have to play more defense than usual. The Pirates have some injuries that will force Bray to play more downs at safety. The Pirates will take a six game winning streak into Friday's upset bid. The Morro Bay-Chaminade game will be the KSBY Game of the Week.
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