Moore working hard to keep the 'I' out of team

Each one of the Moore players is finding a motivation, a reason, something to play for.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 30, 2013

— The Moore Lions knows the community is behind them — be it a helping hand during storm cleanup or cheering them on underneath the lights.

So the team took the mentality and incorporated it into the football season.

Each one of them is finding a motivation, a reason, something to play for.

Lions coach Todd Watters, who enters his second year at the helm, instilled the mantra in players like senior linebacker Evan Sprayberry.

“The teenage mentality is to think you're too good,” Sprayberry said.

Watters followed up his senior's explanation by saying that when his players watch collegiate and professional football, “flashy and boastful is all they see.”

“It's just being selfish,” Sprayberry added.

All offseason, the Lions worked hard to keep the “I” out of team. It's a difficult transition, though.

Moore went 2-8 last season, including a 2-5 district record. They haven't had a winning season since 2004. In Sprayberry's three years of high school, Moore compiled a 4-26 record.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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