Connor Morse

Crestview senior Connor Morse (3) plows through the East Knox front line on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Morse led the Cougars to a 41-21 victory over the Bulldogs, racking up four touchdowns and 105 rushing yards on 19 carries.

ASHLAND -- Connor Morse is used to playing low to the ground.

As a two-time district-qualifying wrestler, the Ashland Crestview senior has spent years perfecting the art of 'low man wins.' He's developed into a 5-foot-9, 170-pound wrecking ball – with legs like tree trunks and balance like a jungle cat.

That's why Steve Haverdill, who's coached Morse in wrestling and football over the last four years, was not surprised to see the veteran tailback physically dominate East Knox on Saturday night.

"He’s a hard-nosed kid – I mean, he’s a wrestler for me, too, and the kid doesn’t give up. ..." Haverdill said. "He’s got great balance and he understands leverage, and that’s huge for him.”