DeMorat more comfortable, confident in Viera’s offense


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Viera High quarterback Tim DeMorat is looking to take on more of a leadership role with the Hawks this season.

photo by Carl Kotala

A year ago, Tim DeMorat was just trying to learn the Viera High offense.

Now, the Hawks quarterback is working on becoming a better leader.

“Being a vocal leader is the main focus for me right now to try to improve on,” the rising senior said during the team’s spring football practice.

DeMorat, who transferred to Viera from Merritt Island last summer, is coming off a season in which he threw for just under 2,500 yards with 23 touchdown passes and eight interceptions as the Hawks reached the Class 7A regional finals.

While it was a good season for the Hawks quarterback, much more is going to be expected of him in 2017.

“Tim just needs to concentrate and let the game come to him,” Viera High coach Kevin Mays said at the beginning of spring practice. “I think he’s kind of forcing it right now. He needs to step up and just take control of the offense.

“He knows it now. He’s just got to own it.”

Well, if the Hawks’ spring jamboree performance against Oak Ridge Community and Heritage was any indication, DeMorat is owning it all right.

The Viera quarterback threw for three touchdowns on the night as Viera defeated Oak Ridge 14-0 in two quarters of football and then topped Heritage 28-0.

He also did a good job of spreading the ball around, hitting Sean Atkins for a 19-yard touchdown pass, then hitting Quinton Richard for an 11-yard score before going deep to Travis Jones for a 60-yard scoring pass.

His comfort level in Viera’s offense is clearly much better than last season, when he was still trying to learn the system while taking over as the Hawks’ starter.

“I feel really comfortable with the offense now that I’ve been here for a year,” DeMorat said. “This is our year to lead the team and get us to states.”

Having a much deeper knowledge of the offense has not only made DeMorat a more confident player, but that confidence is helping him turn into more of a team leader.

That should pay off throughout the offseason and all the way to July 31, when the Hawks report for the first day of fall practice.

DeMorat believes Viera’s offense should be able to put plenty of points on the scoreboard.

“We should be one of the top offenses in the county,” he said. “I’m excited for this offense.”