Every week Morris Sussex Sports, along with co-sponsors Football University and Parisi Speed School of Morristown & Sparta, 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 Parisi Speed School.
With all of the stellar performances in Week 4, the Morris Sussex Sports writers had a heck of a time deciding who deserved to be the FBU Player of the Week Powered by Parisi Speed School for this week. High Point runningback Chad Musilli was ridiculous as he scored 5 touchdowns and rushed for 275-yards in the Wildcats’ dominant performance over Montville. Chatham’s Max Schelling was all over the field with his 152-yard and 3 touchdown performance on the ground. He also amazed on special teams as he returned a kickoff to the house to get his Cougars their first win of the season over Ferris. And West Morris sophomore phenom Jack DiPietro was stellar rushing for a ton of yards, including two long touchdowns of 41 and 90-yards in the Wolfpack’s upset win over Mount Olive.
But the player we felt impacted his game in every facet more than the rest in Week 4 was Morristown’s Jha’mil King. King was absolutely superb in getting his Colonials their first win over Columbia by opening up the game with a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. King continued to be a nightmare for his opponent by rushing for 152-yards and 3 touchdowns offensively and adding 5 tackles and an interception defensively.
We caught up with King to talk about this game, who his role model is and what was his “welcome to varsity football” moment.
Morris Sussex Sports: How important was it to get that first win out of the way?
Jha’mil King: It was huge! Coming out on the losing end of three very close games to start the season was starting to weigh on the team. Opening the game with a big run back and touchdown really fired us up.
MSS: What was going through your head as you returned that 77-yard kickoff back for a TD?
JK: The same thing that goes through my head whenever I have the ball – where is the hole now and where will the hole be in two more seconds.
MSS: What was your team’s goal coming into this season?
JK: The state playoffs. It still is. We need to win out, but we can do it. If you don’t think you can win, don’t step on the field.
MSS: When did you have a sense that you were good at football?
JK: I have loved football since I could walk. I realized I could be good at it on the playground, then in pee wee, then in high school.
MSS: What was your “welcome to varsity football” moment?
JK: The first live varsity practice from my freshman year. I stepped onto the field and the guys were two sizes bigger than me. It was really exciting.
MSS: Who was the best player you ever played against?
JK: Maurice Ffrench. He played for New Brunswick and now plays for Pitt. He was probably the fastest and most elusive player I’ve ever played against.
MSS: Who is your role model?
JK: My mom. She is always there for me.
MSS: What current or former NFL player do you think resembles you on the field?
JK: Le’veon Bell with the Steelers. He is fast and has good vision. I love watching him play.
MSS: Do you have any pregame rituals?
JK: There is a rock outside of our field house that I touch before every game. It’s in memory of a player who died years ago.
MSS: Who is the most intimating player on your team?
JK: Drew Chilson. He hits super hard and doesn’t stop playing ever.
MSS: Who is the best pure athlete?
JK: Me. I know it sounds cocky, but I think I am. (laughs)
MSS: Who’s finishing 1-2-3 in the forty?
JK: I have been blessed with speed. It’s me by 2-lengths (laughs), followed by Nate and then a handful of other guys.
MSS: Who would win a burrito eating contest?
JK: Will Culmone. He can eat and he is one of the hardest working kids on the team.
MSS: Who is the absolute strongest?
JK: El-Amin Bashir. He can bench more than anyone on the team.
MSS: What was the funniest thing that ever happened in practice or in a game?
JK: Freshman year. Some players were complaining about getting dirty. Coach looked at them and dove into a mud puddle. We all cracked up.
MSS: This season will be a resounding success if…
JK: …we make the playoffs and more. We have worked too hard and too long for that not to be our definition of success.
MSS: Congrats again Jha’mil and best of luck to you and your Colonials the rest of the way.