Published October 18, 2014
The Bronco’s Harrison Morgan and Nighthawk Tyler Landis are this Year’s Recipients
The annual football Game between Murrieta Valley and Vista Murrieta High Schools is dedicated to the memory of a fallen Nighthawk alumnus, Eric McMillan, who was a leader on the field and in the community.
The Eric McMillan Legacy Award is presented to a student athlete from each school that exemplifies the standards and qualities that McMillan set and represented. These two student athletes are selected for character, academic, athletic, and leadership skills. The inscription on the plaque reads: “A positive example of team leadership, scholarship and community service in the memory of Eric McMillan.”
Congratulations to this year’s recipients. They are Nighthawk Tyler Landis and the Bronco’s Harrison Morgan.
“Harrison Morgan is an extraordinary individual” said Vista Murrieta Head Coach Coley Candale. “Harrison defines character, honesty, loyalty, and commitment. In football, Harrison has never missed an off-season workout or an in–season practice. Academically, Harrison is in 4 AP classes and has a 4.67 GPA. Great accomplishment both athletically and academically, but what truly defines Harrison is how he has dealt with the tragic death of his father. Harrison’s father died exactly one year this week in a plane crash. The amazing thing, after dealing with the death of his father, Harrison has become even better as a person. It has truly been a honor to be a part of Harrison’s life”.
“Tyler Landis is a leader on and off the field. He maintains a 4.13 GPA carrying many AP classes” Murrieta ValleyHead Coach George Wilson said. “He is a leader in ASB and helps with all aspects of student life. He was the leading vote getter on the team for team captain and has continued to inspire his teammates after breaking his leg three weeks ago. On the field he played middle linebacker and was the leader of the defense. He led the team in tackles and sacks and made all the defensive calls. He is a great representation of what the McMillan award stands for.”
McMillan was widely known in Murrieta not only for his performance on the field but for the great person he was off the field. A leader and overachiever, Eric was always going out of his way to make friends and inspire teammates.
Eric graduated in 2003 from Murrieta Valley High School, where he was an exceptional football player and leader. He went on to play cornerback at the University of Idaho, starting as a freshman. His life came to abrupt end on Sept. 19, 2004, when he was shot and murdered in his Idaho apartment following a football game. The University of Idaho has also since given out an award each year in his honor.