Sam Moore likes offense and it shows. The senior running back is averaging more than 100 yards per game for the Calhoun Academy Cougars and has scored six touchdowns this season.
“I love running the ball,” Moore said. “It’s fun to juke people, break their ankles and run around.”
Among the six touchdowns so far this season, one stands out to Moore.
“It was my second touchdown in the Strider game,” he said. “I got hit three or four times but didn’t go out of bounds. I ran into my own teammate and he pushed me and I just kept running for a touchdown.”
Moore played special teams and in the secondary on last year’s state-runner up team. He’s a major contributor on this year’s Cougars on both sides of the ball.
“I’ve definitely gotten bigger, stronger and faster since last year,” Moore said. “I’m still small, but I’m bigger than last year.”
Every Friday is special to Moore, but the best moment is the first time he takes the field.
“When we’re warming up on the field, that’s when I actually take in everything,” Moore said. “Friday’s during the day are just school, pep rally and then in the locker room is just chilling. But when we hit the field, that’s the best moment.”
The Cougars are currently 5-2 on the season having won five straight. Moore said it took a few weeks to develop the chemistry the team needed to succeed.
“At the beginning of the year we were still trying to figure out who was playing where, especially on defense,” Moore said. “In our second game, we started figuring things out. We were just playing a really good team. By the third game everything started clicking.”
Now the Cougars have put themselves in position to challenge for the post season, but Moore has bigger dreams than that.
“I think we’ll make the playoffs, and if we really try I think we can get back to state,” Moore said. “Winning this year is going to be tougher than last year because we’re young, but I think we have a good chance.”
Moore is a senior from Houston. He is the son of Russell and Wanda Moore.