They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes hits suffered by sideline reporters during high school football games.
Not everywhere in the United States, and around the world for that matter, are high school football games broadcasted on local television. During a high school football broadcast between Temple and College Station down in the loan star state, KCEN’s Jessica Morrey was the unfortunate casualty of a big hit.
— Cody Coil (@codycoil) October 29, 2016
Temple wide receiver Xavier Johnson made a nice catch on a crossing route of the middle and ran towards the sideline to pick up a couple yards. When Johnson was knocked out by a College Station defensive back, he collided with Morrey.
Luckily Morrey was okay, and she was a pretty good sport about being absolutely rocked afterwards.
Shortly after tweeting the above picture of her and Johnson, Morrey tweeted a great video of her angle of the play with peaceful music underneath the brutal hit.
Things people say when you get knocked out on the sidelines:
"Girl I thought you died"
"I stood up & started praying"
"Concussion protocol?" pic.twitter.com/gJZ1TOLbV4
— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) October 29, 2016
Oddly enough, Morrey’s camera wasn’t the only KCEN camera that got hurt during a football game this weekend.
— Kurtis Quillin (@KurtisQuillin) October 30, 2016
All over Texas, both Morrey’s coworkers and colleagues reached out to see how she was doing and took advantage of the opportunity to tease the reporter.
— Chris Rogers (@ChrisRogersTV) October 30, 2016
— Nick Canizales (@NickCanizales) October 30, 2016
I need an ice pack after watching this. https://t.co/VvFbIiX5xI
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 30, 2016
When ball is life but so is sports reporting https://t.co/zNESJQnQtc
— Krystyna Biassou (@KrystynaMay23) October 29, 2016
At the end of the day, Morrey is doing okay and doesn’t need to go on the IR. Unfortunately for Xavier Johnson and his teammates, they lost to College Station 17-16 on a missed field goal to lose to the District 18-5A Championship.