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More great perspective from Day-Day

Sweet Home team captain Deshanaro Morris, nicknamed "Day-Day," is quite a young man. As if the perspective he displayed in my story published Thursday wasn't enough, listen to this.

At the end of interviews I like to ask if there's anything the person I'm talking to wants to mention.

Morris talked about how Burnt Hills coach Matt Shell's son, 8-year-old Jacob, is battling cancer.

"Sweet Home is playing for a state championship, but it's not just for us, and it's not just for me. There's another person watching, 8-year old Jacob from Burnt Hills.

"He's got cancer, and when I was reading about it, it touched my heart. I'm not the only person going through something, and he loves the game. And his problems are way bigger than mine. I'm talking about walking, he's talking about life and death. So things are emotional personal for both teams.

"We'll be playing for Sweet Home, but we'll also playing for little Jacob. I read that he said he enjoyed himself watching the state championship game last year.

"I'm with Sweet Home, but I want to do something special for him before the game and let him see that there is as much love and support for him from Sweet Home, too."

Not much more to be said. Just great stuff from a high school kid who has had quite the viewpoint on life despite being in circumstances not many can imagine themselves in.

Morris said he has spoken with Paul Layton, last year's Burnt Hills quarterback, as part of his plan to do something for Jacob. Layton is currently at the University at Albany but he and Morris have become buddies through Facebook.

You can read more about Jacob's battle with cancer in a blog maintained by his mother, Kim. Excuse me while I use a cheer that's been on the blog: Go cells go!

It should be quite the game when these two great football programs, which include quite a few great people, meet at 6 p.m. Saturday.

---Keith McShea


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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