One of the most electric athletes in the state of Oregon is Marquis Sampson of Madison. The 5-6 160 pound running back might not bring prototypical stature to the position, but he will break your ankles in the open field.
Time and time again this season Sampson has broke off defenders, criss crossing his way to the end zone for a score. In the first four weeks of the year Sampson has accumulated 10 TD’s (5 rushing, 2 receiving, 3 punt returns) , totaling 671 yards, while averaging 7.1 yards per carry and 15.8 yards per catch.
Speaking on the season thus far he says, “Nobody worked harder than us in the summer as this is a special group.. It’s been a dream of mine to have that early morning practice on Thanksgiving and this year I feel it is achievable.”
The Senators sit at (4-0) heading into Friday’s contest against Lincoln (3-1), which could very well decide the PIL title. Head Coach Don Johnson has transformed the group taking the team from worst to potentially first in less than 2 years. Referencing what Marquis brings to the table Johnson says, “He’s electric.. When you see his frame you don’t realize that he is a 400 pound squat guy.”
As of right now Sampson should be considered a leading candidate for PIL Offensive Player of the Year honors. His ability to bounce and accelerate make him one of the most exciting kids in the Pacific Northwest to go watch.
During last weeks 74-0 pasting of Cleveland, Marquis took three punt returns to the crib, and scored another TD on the ground. Asked on what the atmosphere was like around school he says, “Its something that I have never experienced, the buy in is incredible, and the love that we have for each other is unbreakable.”
With a win on Friday Madison will have a legit shot of running the table, and finishing 9-0 heading into the playoffs. Few people gave the kids or the school a chance. In closing Sampson says, “I want to improve my game enough to have a chance of playing at the next level”. Adding, “My passion for the game comes from my best friend Seyvin who is no longer able to play due to a neck injury… I am hopeful that I can ride this football wave for my team and for him for as long as I can.”