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It's tough not to cheer for Moore and Coach Scott Myers

by Jenni Carlson Published: September 29, 2011

Doctors removed Myers' cancerous kidney in March. He still receives injections to help build back his bones. He still takes chemo pills — 14 days on, seven days off — and he expects to have to take those meds indefinitely. But about the only problem he has now is blistering on his feet and hands, a side effect from his chemo.

“If that's the worst thing, we're doing good,” he said. “Once I'm off (the chemo cycle), within two days, I'm good and I'll feel good for about 14 or so.

“It's a lot more good than bad.”

These days, the same could be said of his football team.

Once a big-school powerhouse, Moore was decimated when the district split off a third school a few years ago. It entered this season having last won a game on Halloween 2008.

It showed promise during three nondistrict games, playing well in stretches and hanging with its district brethren from Westmoore and Southmoore — much like it did Thursday night in a 13-10 loss to Edmond Memorial. But the Lions couldn’t quite muster a win in those first three games.

That changed last week.

“It was huge,” quarterback Corey Reeves said of the victory. “We had that cloud over our head from the losing streak. But it's over.”

Receiver Joe Haddox said, “It feels good. It really does.”

Part of that is because of Myers. Even though he points to them, they point right back to him. They know his struggles. They see his battles.

“Coach Myers is one of the strongest men I've met in my life,” Reeves said.

And when the final seconds on that game and the losing streak ticked away last Friday night, Reeves was one of the many players who made sure to give Myers a big ol' bear hug.

“Man,” the quarterback said, “it's good to get that out of the way.”

“Let's go get some more,” the coach replied.

Could the feel-good story get better? Could Myers and his Moore Lions somehow make a push for a playoff spot? Could they just keep on winning?

I'm rooting for it.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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