Lowell at No. 4 Morton | 6 p.m. today

Morton QB Armstrong developing into complete signal caller

2013-08-30T21:45:00Z 2013-08-31T03:21:09Z Morton QB Armstrong developing into complete signal callerMatt Douthett matthew.douthett@nwi.com, (219) 933-4194 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Morton quarterback Torey Armstrong was ready to take the field against Lowell on Friday. He was itching to guide the Governors' offense after a 27-13 come-from-behind win against Griffith last week.

However, Mother Nature had different plans. The Red Devils and Governors were rescheduled due to severe thunderstorms and lightning. The two teams will face each other at 6 p.m. today at Morton.

"I'm a little disappointed, but any day we can play, we'll play," said Armstrong. "Our team will be ready."

Armstrong showed his ability to be a dual threat last week against the Panthers. He rushed 25 times for 94 yards and a 20-yard touchdown and also passed for 73 yards and a score, all while shaking off a lost fumble and a snap that he didn't catch.

The senior admitted last season he was more of a rushing threat. This season, Armstrong is emerging as a complete quarterback after developing his passing skills over the summer.

"I felt more confidence," Armstrong said of last week's game. "I'm confident, but I'm humble."

Morton coach Roy Richards traditionally runs his offense around an athletic quarterback, and Armstrong fits that bill.

"We're so slow to throw in a kid at quarterback at Morton," Richards said. "There is so much to absorb. Our offense is so centered around the quarterback's ability to create. If you can't, you're wearing a neon sign that says, 'Morton's offense is limited because of me.'"

Armstrong won't be wearing any neon sign this season, just jersey No. 7. While Armstrong's improved qualities as a passer and ability to read defenses may surprise some, it was no shock to Richards.

"We do know what he can do, and when he does it well, it's as good as a lot of people," Richards said. "It's almost impossible to learn the plays, learn how to be a playmaker, learn the ins and outs of being a good quarterback and still read defenses. All that has to come a little at a time."

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