MOORE — It took four weeks, but Moore picked up its first win of the season Friday when it defeated U.S. Grant 54-16 at Moore Stadium. Coming off the thrashing it took the week before to Southmoore, it was a needed victory.
“It is very important,” Moore coach Todd Watters said. “Our kids need to be rewarded for their hard work. Our kids work very hard, and we are proud of their overall work ethic. But if we do not experience success, then it gets very difficult for the kids to buy in to the fact that hard work pays off.”
However, as excited as the Lions (1-3, 1-0 District 6A-2) were to finally taste victory, it came against a program that is struggling even more than MHS.
“It is hard to tell the amount of improvement because Grant is so down right now,” Watters said. “But I thought that Grant’s kids were better than last year, and they played hard. As for our kids, we also played hard and executed well over all. The degree of talent and effort of your opponent will always be major factors in your team’s ability to execute against them.”
Moore was able to run its offense with ease through the Generals defense behind a strong performance from the Lions offensive line.
“KJ Carrethers read the option well,” Watters said. “Canaan Cook and Austin Barrick stood out on the O-line. The O-line played well as a unit. Defensively, Tyson Neals stood out, as his technique continues to improve. Stephan Robinson had a pick for six. Tyler Buckles and Casen Haddox both had good games. Overall, the entire defensive unit played well. We are still having some assignment busts and not knowing where to align at times, so we still have a lot of room for improvement in all phases of the game.”