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September 26, 2013

Playing Through Pain

Morris turns early injuries into building blocks

CHICKASHA —

For as many times as senior Cade Morris has been in the thick of a Fightin' Chicks offensive drive to score a vital touchdown over his four years playing football, he's spent about just as many on the sidelines wondering how exactly he ended up there.

He never lost faith that football was for him, though; the injuries he suffered that kept him off the field for almost entire seasons early on only proved to strengthen his resolve, his faith, and fortunately for Chickasha fans, his game.

"I've always wanted to play college football, and I still have the chance depending on how this season goes," Morris said. "The main thing that kept me going, first and foremost, is the relationship I have with God and knowing he had a plan for me. I had always grown up knowing that."

Morris is Chickasha through and through. He was brought up in the "little big town" and the community he is so fond of. Like many boys, he got into sports at an early age. Basketball was Cade's first sport, followed by t-ball, baseball, and a little bit of soccer. It wasn't until he was a teenager that football found its place.

"I didn't start playing football until seventh grade year," he said. "I couldn't do Mighty Mites. My parents wouldn't let me, and it wasn't necessarily because they didn't want me to get hurt. They would rather me wait until my middle school years to learn in the high school system and not have to worry about changing from one style to another style."

Football runs in the Morris blood. His father, Coby Morris, played corner back for the Fightin' Chicks and was part of the 1985 state semifinal team. Brother Drake also played for Chickasha as a running back, and the youngest Morris wanted to follow in his big brother's footsteps.

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