Every week Morris Sussex Sports, along with co-sponsors Football University and Athletic Republic of Randolph, identify one player out of the 37 teams we cover as our Player of the Week. We look beyond just stats. Our goal is to honor the best individual performance and how that effort was able to lift his team beyond its perceived boundaries. If you play varsity football in Morris Sussex next week just could quite possibly be your turn to be the FBU Player of the Week Powered by Athletic Republic of Randolph.
We at Morris Sussex Sports continue to be amazed at the individual performances week-in and week-out this season. This past week was incredible with players like Pequannock’s Dave Jachera who threw for four TDs and rushed for two more. Or Mo-Beard QB Declan Kelly who passed for nearly 300-yards and 3 TDs. Or Par Hills’ Wilson Done who rushed for over 200-yards and four TDs. I haven’t even mentioned super sophomore from Kittatinny Zach Mufaro who rushed for 200-yards and 4 TDs himself.
As impressive as those performances were, I don’t think there was as an inspiring game this season in Morris Sussex as their was this past weekend by Mount Olive’s Liam Anderson. The junior quarterback took his 0-7 Marauders to face a tough Chatham team and basically went off. Fighting back from a 21-13 first half deficit, Anderson finished with 207-yards and 2 TDs through the air, 103-yards and 2 TDs on the ground, four tackles and an interception on defense and even added 2-point conversion to lead his Marauders to their first win of their season with a 35-21 victory.
It was this performance that earned Anderson the FBU Player of the Week Powered by Athletic Republic of Randolph for Week 8. We caught up with Anderson to talk about this game, who is role model was growing up and what the funniest thing that ever happened in the huddle this season.
Morris Sussex Sports: What was it like walking off that field with your first W?
Liam Anderson: It felt great getting our first win. I was just proud of the rest of the guys for playing their hearts out all for 4 quarters.
MSS: Did you anticipate having a big game coming into the weekend?
LA: I never really anticipate having a big game. I just try to think about doing my job for the team, and not to try to do too much.
MSS: Has the adversity of losing your first seven games made you and your teammates closer?
LA: No doubt it has, it’s really made us all realize that we have to work together for us to pull out a win.
MSS: How does having such a veteran coach like Coach O’Connor help keep you guys focused during a season like this?
LA: Coach O’Connor understands what it takes to become a successful team and he keeps us focused during the week by constantly reminding us to watch film and work hard during practice.
MSS: What’s your favorite about Mount Olive?
LA: My favorite thing in Mount Olive is Ritas Ice Cream
MSS: What is the oddest tradition Mount Olive has?
LA: Listening to Earth, Wind, and Fire in the locker room everyday after practice.
MSS: Do you have any pregame rituals?
LA: Coach Farsheed yells at me when warming up.
MSS: What do you eat on game days?
LA: Pasta and meatballs with the team.
MSS: Who on your team is finishing 1-2-3 in the forty on your team?
LA: 1) Marquese smallwood, 2) Levi Williams, 3) Flynn Brown, 4) Lance Johnson, 6) Anthony DiJoesph
MSS: Who is the strongest player?
LA: Patrick Olson
MSS: Who would win a taco eating contest?
LA: Patrick Olson…he’s a tank!
MSS: What was the funniest thing that ever happened in your huddle?
LA: After I threw sophomore Chris Carpini his first big varsity catch he told me he loved me while running past me to get in formation.
MSS: What team is your favorite opponent to play?
LA: Roxbury. They are a big school rival and it is fun to compete against the friends I have on that team.
MSS: Who is the best high school football player you ever played against in your career?
LA: The Wanye Valley QB during 7-on-7’s last summer.
MSS: Who was your role model growing up?
LA: My dad.
MSS: What current or past NFL player do you think you most resemble on the field?
LA: Marcus Mariota
MSS: How do you and your teammates want to finish out this season?
LA: On a winning tone that sets us up for a better season next year.
MSS: Congrats again Liam and best of luck the rest of the way!
LA: Thanks again!