ORTNER’S ORDERS - ‘A student of the game’: QB lets it fly for Seahawks

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 04:22 PM.

"Alex and Sage usually find an open spot," Ortner said. "They help me turn a bad play into a good play sometimes. That's great when that happens."

In addition to passing the ball, Ortner was forced out of the pocket a few times and picked up 25 yards on the ground in six carries.

"He is a smart player that truly loves the game of football. A student of the game," said South Walton Coach Phil Tisa.

Ortner started playing football in the fifth grade and played middle school ball in Georgia.

"I was right guard on the offensive line," he said. But after the coach noticed him throwing around with some friends, he asked if he'd like to play quarterback. The rest is history.

"I always wanted to play quarterback," the 16-year-old told the Sun noting that when he was a kid, he wished his dad coached so he could be the QB.

As a junior at South Walton High, that wish has come true. He is now at the helm of a fast-tempo football team.

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