Zeb Morgan's touchdowns may not always count, but the Beekman senior has shown a knack for finding the end zone throughout his career.
In a season in which little has gone right, senior slotback Zeb Morgan has been the unluckiest Beekman Tiger of all.
Morgan is having a solid season with 37 carries for a team-high 272 rushing yards and six receptions for 54 yards. However, his stats have been decimated by penalties. Seemingly every time Morgan breaks a big play, a yellow flag is sure to follow.
When Morgan's touchdown total was questioned during the interview for this article, linebacker Lucas Lara clarified the dispute.
"All of his touchdowns have been called back," Lara said.
Not quite all of them, but Morgan has had more touchdowns called back (4) than TDs that counted (3).
Morgan's best game came in a 35-12 Week 5 loss to Mangham when he caught a pair of touchdown passes from Brock Jenkins, neither of which was negated.
In just their third season as an LHSAA-sanctioned varsity program, the Tigers have struggled throughout their brief history. Nevertheless, Morgan doesn't regret resuming his football career after sitting out as a freshman.
"I just enjoy playing," said Morgan, who earned All-District 2-1A honors as a return specialist after running back three kicks (two kickoffs, one punt) for touchdowns last season.
Morgan also developed into a big play threat at slotback, averaging 9.4 yards per carry while rushing for 245 yards and a pair of scores on 26 carries.
Just as the team was starting to make progress — the Tigers recorded the first two victories in program history last season — they were reclassified to Class 2A.
As projected, the Tigers (0-6, 0-3) have struggled in their new district.
"Moving to 2A has been rough," Morgan admitted. "We were finally getting to where we were competitive last year, then we had to move up."
While reclassification has basically sent the Tigers back to the starting blocks, Morgan was proud to see the new on-campus stadium completed. After playing "home" games at Delta Junior High in Mer Rouge throughout the program's existence, the Tigers have played all of their home games at Keith Huntsman Field this season.
"I'll always be able to look back and say that I was part of the first senior class to play on our football field," Morgan said.
Morgan is hoping the program has better days ahead, but says the attitude has to change.
"We have some decent junior high guys coming up," Morgan said, "but all the kids have to step up and take it more seriously. There is a lot of growing up to do around here."
When an athletic program struggles — regardless of the sport — the blame ultimately, and almost without fail falls on the coaching staff. Morgan says blaming the Tigers' struggles on the coaching staff is absurd.
"We have the best coaches in the state of Louisiana, but if the kids don't want to do it, the coaches can't do it for them," Morgan said.
Though wins have been few and far between for the Tigers, Morgan — to his credit — has never learned to accept losing.
"I'm super competitive," Morgan said. "I hate to lose. That's why I'm always trying my hardest. It's very aggravating to lose every week."
Following an open date this week, the Tigers close out the season with home games against Rayville (Oct. 20) and Ferriday (Nov. 3), and a road trip to Lake Providence General Trass (Oct. 27). Morgan doesn't have to be told that Beekman is a massive underdog in all three games. But don't expect him to let up. It's just not part of his makeup.
"It's hard for us to win anything," Morgan said, "but I have to set an example for the young kids because we're the ones laying the foundation."
A center fielder for the baseball team, Morgan is looking for a better year on the diamond.
"I think we're going to be pretty good," Morgan said of the baseball Tigers. "We have a lot of returning players."
Morgan has also excelled in the classroom. He plans to major in electrical engineering at Louisiana Tech.
"I enjoy math, so I think engineering will be a good field for me," Morgan said.
Hopefully, for Morgan's sake, his luck on the football field will change over the final third of the season, and his touchdowns will stand.