By Justin Hite
Welcome to the Friday Morning Quarterback….Today’s edition: Norman North vs. Moore
Norman North 30, Moore 21
The Moore Lions were this close (I made a very small gap with my fingers) to winning their first game in nearly two years. They took a lot of risks, and for the first time this season, were getting all the lucky bounces. If not for a fluke injury for the Norman North Timberwolves to rally around, Moore probably would have taken this one.
Norman North sophomore D.J. Hicks, who was injured early in the second half and was taken to the hospital on a backboard, was released late Thursday night. He was at school Friday morning.
Moore breakdown: Lions’ coach Scott Myers rolled the dice first, down 14 points with four seconds left in the first half. Instead of kicking a field goal and getting on the board, Myers was aggressive with his play call.
Quarterback Vova Razryvin hit Jordan Martin on a perfectly thrown — and run — corner route. The Lions then drove down the field rather effectively on the first drive of the second half and scored. Then came the accidentally onside kick and the injury. Moore took advantage of a incident and scored to take the lead.
What makes this all so impressive is that Moore did it without their starting quarterback. Sure, Razryvin had played quarterback for the early part of the year, but Corey Reeves — who left the game with an ankle sprain — started the last three games, including this one. So with a back-up quarterback, Moore put up more points than it had all season and more points than it had scored in the last three weeks combined. In the previous four weeks, Moore only scored 22 points. In only 5 minutes on Thursday, Moore scored 21.
Moore showed its offense isn’t dormant, but showed that it’s willing to be aggressive when it needs to be.
Up next: Moore travels to Yukon next Thursday still looking for its first win, but with a newly-acquired offense.