Mortimer Jordan football

Mortimer Jordan head coach Dusty Goode talks to his team following the 2019 Deerfoot Invitational 7-on-7 at Clay-Chalkville High School. 

CLAY—With kickoff to the high school football season about one month away, Mortimer Jordan has dedicated this week to putting the final touches on its offseason program.

The Blue Devils, who have made several acquisitions to its coaching staff, started the week with a trip to the Deerfoot 7-on-7 Invitational at Clay-Chalkville on Tuesday and rounded things out with an OTA at Pelham High School on Thursday.

Dusty Goode, entering his seventh season as Mortimer Jordan’s head coach, had mixed feelings about his team’s 1-3 record on Tuesday in the 17-team passing camp.

“We had some turnover on the coaching staff, so we’re trying to get as many opportunities as we can to compete,” said Goode. “We’re trying to compete with other teams and get reps. A lot of times a bad rep is better than no rep at all, but we’ve got a long way to go and a lot of improving to do.”

“I saw some positive things. I saw some negative things,” he continued.

While in pool play, Big Blue suffered back-to-back losses to Thompson and Haleyville before edging Pelham in the late-morning session. Following a brief lunch break, they entered tournament competition as the 10-seed and fell in the opening round opposite 7-seed Hueytown who was quarterbacked by Roydell Williams—the state’s second-rated overall player and No. 1 running back prospect in the Class of 2020, according to Rivals.

Goode liked bits and pieces of what rising senior quarterback Kourtlan Marsh had on Tuesday, but admits there’s room to grow between now and kickoff. Some of that comes with the territory of coaching-staff turnover. New offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Stuart Floyd, is one of several new faces on the sideline.

“Kourtlan played well at times—he’s still learning to get his reads down and, like I said, it’s going to be totally different for him, but he has come a long way,” said Goode. “They just started in the spring [working] with him and they’re going all summer, so Kourtlan is going to be fine. Kourtlan is a winner and we’ve got a lot of winners around him.”

Since becoming a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2017, Marsh has quarterbacked the Blue Devils to a record of 21-5. He looks to improve upon that on Aug. 23 at Pleasant Grove.

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at sports@njeffersonnews.com

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