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September 4, 2013

Lions sticking to plans

MOORE — It was something new for senior Ryan Lujan. When coach Todd Watters took over the Moore football team last year, he brought with him a level of intensity and expectations. It was a combination Lujan hadn’t seen.

So even as Moore struggled through a 2-8 season, Watters never let up on his players. He never lowered his expectations. It’s something Lujan can now appreciate as they roll into the 2013 season looking to change the course of Moore football.

“I wasn’t used to it,” Lujan said. “I was used to coach (Scott) Myers’ coaching. Which, he was laid back, then get hard. But coach Watters was rough from the get-go. It was fast-paced. I wasn’t used to that. Now I’m getting used to it. I like it.”

What Watters doesn’t want his players getting used to is the losing. Even though the program hasn’t had a winning season in close to a decade, he has been trying to get across to the team that they do not have to accept it.

“Our expectations are that we are going to put together a championship team,” Watters said. “Whether it be district or state championship caliber team. Our expectations are always going to be extremely high for our kids. We are very demanding of the kids. Our kids have done a good job responding.”

Most of the Lions have taken Watters’ words to heart: Not letting the past dictate their future.

“Expectations are huge,” offensive guard Canaan Cook said. “We’re hoping to win. Hoping to get some Ws on that board. More than two. It will take hard work and leadership. Last year was tough. Mentally, emotionally and physically, it was al tough. Hopefully, we will have a better year.”

While the desire might be there, Moore is still trying to catch up to other 6A teams in overall talent. As in the past, many of their key players will see action on both sides of the ball.

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