Bulldogs get boost from brotherly love

By Doug Gorman

By high school football standards, senior Maurice Leggett is an old veteran.

Younger brother and sophomore Valin Leggett is a relative newcomer to the high school game.

Both share something other than family genes?superior athletic ability.

The Leggett brothers are starters on a Mt. Zion High School football team, which is off to as 3-1 overall record and a 3-0 mark in region play.

Like so many of their teammates on head coach Jackie Green's football team, the Leggetts play on both sides of the line of scrimmage. That's comes with the territory for a team short on depth, but long on talent.

Maurice plays running back and defensive back, while Valin lines up at defensive back and shares time at quarterback for the Bulldogs.

"Valin is almost the exact same size as Maurice was as a sophomore," said Green. "They are both great athletes."

Maurice's claim to fame has always been his ability to pick big up big yardage on a single play with a burst of speed.

He doesn't get many carries per game, but it's not uncommon for him flirt with 100-yard games thanks to big gainers.

Little brother Valin had the best game of his young career last week in the win against Jonesboro.

Three interceptions on the defense side of the ball and a touchdown pass highlighted his most prolific day yet as a high school football player.

It also earned the quiet sophomore recognition throughout Region 2-AAAAA as he was named the defensive player of the week.

On one of Valin's interceptions, Maurice threw a block which allowed Valin to pick up several extra yards.

"I used to feel like I was in my brothers shadow," Valin said. "This game gave me plenty of confidence."

Little brother isn't afraid to ask for advice, and Maurice isn't shy about dishing it out.

"I'm proud of the way he played last week," said Maurice. "But I tell that this was just one game and there's a lot more football left to be played."

Neither of the Leggett brothers are very vocal, instead letting their play speak for itself.

"They are both pretty quiet, but they are pretty intense when it comes to playing football," said Green.

The Leggets don't leave their football talk in the lockerroom once practice is over.

"We talk about football at home after we have finished with our home work," said Maurice. "I show him (Valin) different things I think might help him improve his game."

Maurice is enjoying his chance to play in the same starting line up with his brother.

"I don't know if I'll get to see him play much once I go to college," so this is pretty special," said Maurice, who is still not sure where he will play college football.

Down the road the two brothers wouldn't mind reuniting again in college.

"That would be cool," said Maurice. Then I could continue to give him more advice."