Quarterback has made most of only season with Buttons

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Central Catholic senior quarterback Jimmy Morton has rolled up 1,660 yards of total offense and had a hand in 16 touchdowns this season.

Central Catholic senior quarterback Jimmy Morton has rolled up 1,660 yards of total offense and had a hand in 16 touchdowns this season.

Regardless of how Central Catholic fares against Dallas-area power Plano Prestonwood in the TAPPS football playoffs, the Buttons already have taken a big step forward under second-year head coach L.D. Green Sr.

The Buttons won their first outright district championship since 2007 this season and ended a three-year skid against rival Antonian.

“I told L.D. he’s got something in common with Charlie Strong,” Central athletic director Carlos Enrico said Thursday. “He said, ‘Why, because we’re both bald?’ I told him, ‘No, you both beat your top rival this season.’”

Central Catholic (8-2) hosts Prestonwood (9-2) in the TAPPS Division I state quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at Benson ’66 Stadium. The Buttons had a bye in the first round of the playoffs because they won their district. Prestonwood is coming off a 62-0 rout of Beaumont Kelly.

(The UIL Region IV and TAPPS playoff pairings are listed below this story.)

Central has won six consecutive games since dropping to 2-2 after a 15-6 loss to Devine, a UIL school that won its district and is playing in the second round of the 4A Division II playoffs.

The Buttons went 5-0 in District 2, beating St. Anthony (36-0), Antonian (29-7), San Antonio Christian (38-0), Brownsville St. Joseph (34-31) and Austin St. Michael’s (41-34).

A key factor in Central’s success has been the play of senior quarterback Jimmy Morton, who moved to San Antonio from Harlingen in the summer. Morton played at Harlingen South last year.

“My dad (Jimmy Morton Jr.) used to coach in San Antonio, so he knows something about the schools in the city,” Morton said. “I wanted to go to a school with strong academics that plays good football, so Central Catholic was a good fit for me.

“I started working out with some of the guys in the summer and everybody accepted me. There was no resentment. I’ve really enjoyed coming to school here. It’s been great.”

Central Catholic head coach L.D. Green says Jimmy Morton earned the respect of his new teammates quickly after transferring from Harlingen South this summer.

Central Catholic head coach L.D. Green says Jimmy Morton earned the respect of his new teammates quickly after transferring from Harlingen South this summer.

Morton has completed 60 of 131 passes with four interceptions for 1,050 yards and 11 TDs this season. He missed one game because of illness and was sidelined with an injury in another one. A dual threat, Morton has also rushed for 610 yards and five TDs on 125 carries.

“He turned out to be a better runner than we thought,” Green said before a workout this week. “He’s equally as good as a runner as he is a passer. He has a very strong arm. He’s really a dual threat. He’s gotten better every week. It was a transition for him because our offense has evolved, but he’s handled things well.”

Central’s quarterback position was open when the Buttons started preseason workouts at the Texas Catholic Boys Camp on Aug. 3 in Tecaboca, located about 15 miles northwest of Kerrville. When the Buttons returned to San Antonio three days later, Morton essentially had won the job.

“Bottom line, shoot, Jimmy came in and took care of his business,” Green said. “He earned the respect of his teammates. They ended up voting him as one of the captains of the team. Hey, he ended up being the homecoming king, so that tells you a lot about what his classmates think about him.”

Green changed the Buttons’ offense in the spring from a spread formation to the flexbone, but he gave the team’s offensive scheme another makeover during the season.

“We’re still a spread team, but we’re pretty multiple,” Green said. “Really, we’re probably doing a lot more option out of our spread than we did before. When I say we run a multi-faceted offense, that’s who we are.

“We’ll line up in a shotgun, or we can line up like Ohio State in the ‘I’ formation or pro set. We can run an iso (isolation) with the fullback, and then spread you out and hit you with the option game on the next play.”

Morton has taken all the changes in stride and continued to make plays for the Buttons.

“I’m going to always remember how this team never gave up and stuck together,” he said. “It’s been great to play with these guys.”

No doubt, his teammates would say the feeling is mutual.

UIL Region IV, TAPPS playoff scores, pairings

(Pairings are listed in order of bracket)

Class 6A/Division I

Bi-District results

Judson 40, Churchill 13

O’Connor 24, Southwest 21

Laredo United 63, La Joya Juarez-Lincoln 13

Weslaco 49, Los Fresnos 28

Smithson Valley 17, Reagan 7

Stevens 43, East Central 6

McAllen Memorial 27, Laredo United South 24

Harlingen 60, Edinburg Economedes 7

Second round

Judson (10-1) vs. O’Connor (8-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium

Laredo United (9-2) vs. Weslaco (9-2), TBD

Stevens (9-2) vs. Smithson Valley (8-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comalander Stadiium

McAllen Memorial (11-0) vs. Harlingen (9-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Boggus Stadium, Harlingen

Class 6A/Division II

Bi-District results

Steele 62, MacArthur 13

Brennan 44, Corpus Christi King 17

Del Rio 58, La Joya Palmview 30 (7-3)

Weslaco East 21, Brownsville Memorial 20

Clemens 54, Johnson 51

Brandeis 49, Corpus Christi Carroll 21

Laredo Alexander 49, McAllen 21 (4-6), 4

San Benito 35, PSJA North 7

Second round

Steele (11-0) vs. Brennan (9-2), Saturday, 2 p.m., Heroes Stadium

Del Rio (8-3) vs. Weslaco East (8-2), Saturday, 2 p.m., Alamo Stadium

Clemens (9-2) vs. Brandeis (7-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Alamodome

Laredo Alexander (5-6) vs. San Benito (9-2), Friday, 7 p.m., Wildcat Stadium, Corpus Christi

Class 5A/Division I

Bi-District results

Austin Vandegrift 61, Bastrop Cedar Creek 7

San Marcos 21, Harlandale 18

Victoria East 63, Uvalde 14

Edinburg Vela 48, Brownsville Porter 21

Cedar Park Vista Ridge 44, Austin LBJ 27

Lockhart 34, Highlands 16

Victoria West 56, Laredo Nixon 10

Mission Veterans 33, Donna 21

Second round

San Marcos (8-3) vs. Austin Vandergrift (9-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rattler Stadium, San Marcos

Victoria East (7-4) vs. Edinburg Vela (11-0), Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi

Cedar Park Vista Ridge (9-2) vs. Lockhart (8-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos

Victoria West (10-1) vs. Mission Veterans (8-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi

Class 5A/Division II

Bi-District results

Cedar Park 49, Bastrop 14

Kerrville Tivy 63, McCollum 21

Somerset 24, Gregory Portland 17 (OT)

Edcouch-Elsa 50, Roma 32

Georgetown 44, Austin Reagan 17

Boerne Champion 52, Sam Houston 22

Corpus Christi Calallen 41, Medina Valley 6

Mission Sharyland 45, Mercedes 35

Second round

Kerrville Tivy (11-0) vs. Cedar Park (11-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Georgetown ISD Complex

Somerset (10-1) vs. Edcouch-Elsa (7-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Shirley Field, Laredo

Boerne Champion (8-3) vs. Georgetown (8-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Alamo Stadium

Corpus Christi Calallen (9-2) vs. Mission Sharyland (7-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Javelina Stadium, Kingsville

Class 4A/Division I

Bi-District results

Waco La Vega 42, Fischer Canyon Lake 10

Rockport-Fulton 55, Kingsville King 28

Liberty Hill 47, Burnet 28

Gonzales 26, Rio Grande City Grulla 21

La Vernia 70, Zapata 7

Gatesville 51, Taylor 25

La Feria 67, Beeville Jones 31

China Spring 63, Boerne 12

Second round

Waco La Vega (11-0) vs. Rockport-Fulton (7-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rhodes Stadium, Katy

Liberty Hill (9-2) vs. Gonzales (5-6), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Fischer

La Vernia (7-4) vs. Gatesville (5-6), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Shelton Stadium, Buda

La Feria (9-2) vs. China Spring (10-1), Saturday, 3 p.m., Rutledge Stadium

Class 4A/Division II

Bi-District results

Navarro 72, Poteet 0

Yoakum 28, Rio Hondo 0

Devine 46, Lytle 42

Cuero 48, Port Isabel 14

Sinton 41, Raymondville 8

Llano 42, Crystal City 26

Orange Grove 42, Ingleside 7

Wimberley 35, Pearsall 7

Second round

Navarro (10-0) vs. Yoakum (6-5), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Bastrop

Devine (10-1) vs. Cuero (6-5), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Heroes Stadium

Sinton (10-0) vs. Llano (4-7), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Edgewood Veterans Stadium

Orange Grove (10-0) vs. Wimberley (4-7), Saturday, 5 p.m., Victoria

Class 3A/Division I

Bi-District results

Luling 28, Vanderbilt Industrial 27

Goliad 29, Lyford 22

Edna 40, Universal City Randolph 7

Mathis 22, San Diego 8

Hallettsville 43, Falfurrias 6

Hitchcock 35, Marion 29

Aransas Pass 28, George West 20

Altair Rice 35, Comfort 29

Second round

Luling (5-6) vs. Goliad (7-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Harlandale Memorial Stadium

Edna (8-3) vs. Mathis (9-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Victoria

Hallettsville (9-2) vs. Hitchcock (9-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rosenberg

Aransas Pass (8-3) vs. Altair Rice (5-6), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Karnes City

Class 3A/Division II

Bi-District results

East Bernard 61, Karnes City 0

Santa Gertrudis Academy 24, Dilley 21

Blanco 18, Van Vleck 7

Taft 48, Freer 27em 43, Cotulla 18

Tidehaven 28tockdale 14

Hebbronville 32, Banquete 29

Boling 50, Poth 13

Second round

East Bernard (9-2) vs. Santa Gertrudis Academy (8-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Seguin

Blanco (11-0) vs. Taft (10-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Gustafson Stadium

Odem (11-0) vs. Tidehaven (7-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Edna

Hebbronville (5-6) vs. Boling (10-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Beeville

Class 2A/Division I

Bi-District results

Holland 36, Harper 22

Weimar 40, Three Rivers 14

Mason 43, Rosebud-Lott 6

Refugio 54, La Villa 0

Shiner 68, Riviera Kaufer 0

Moody 17, Johnson City 14

Flatonia 48, CC London 7

Junction 21, Thrall 20

Second round

Holland (9-2) vs. Weimar (8-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Manor

Mason (11-0) vs. Refugio (9-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Farris Stadium

Shiner (11-0) vs. Moody (6-5), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Brenham

Flatonia (6-5) vs. Junction (8-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Boerne ISD Stadium

Class 2A/Division II

Bi-District results

Bremond 61, Kenedy 6

Woodsboro 41, Rocksprings 20

Falls City 50, Burton 13

D’Hanis 34, Agua Dulce 0

La Pryor 52, Benavides 12

Yorktown 38, Milano 12

Bruni 47, Leakey 7

Louise 55, Granger 20

Second round

Bremond (11-0) vs. Woodsboro (5-6), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Wimberley

Falls City (11-0) vs. D’Hanis (7-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Southside ISD Stadium

La Pryor (11-0) vs. Yorktown (9-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., South San Stadium

Bruni (10-1) vs. Louise (8-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., Taft

TAPPS/Division I

Bi-District results

Tomball Concordia 22, Austin St. Michael’s 6

Dallas Bishop Dunne, bye

Midland Christian 49, Brownsville St. Joseph 42

Houston St. Pius X 59, Dallas Bishop Lynch 34

Plano Prestonwood 62, Beaumont Kelly 0

Central Catholic, bye

FW Nolan Catholic 45, Argyle Liberty 31

Houston St. Thomas, bye

State quarterfinals

Tomball Concordia (5-6) at Dallas Bishop Dunne (10-0), Saturday, 3 p.m.

Midland Christian (5-6) vs. Houston St. Pius X (9-2), Saturday, 2 p.m., Fort Worth All-Saints

Plano Prestonwood (9-2) at Central Catholic (8-2), Saturday, 1 p.m.

Fort Worth Nolan Catholic (5-6) at Houston St. Thomas (9-1), Saturday, 1 p.m.

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