Moore acknowledges that there isn’t really anything new his team has to learn at this stage of the season and his team’s practices have gotten shorter in recent weeks.
“We believe in keeping our kids fresh, both mentally and physically,’’ said Moore, who has been a part of five teams to reach the state championship game. “I’m very pleased with where we are at heading into the game.’’
While North Central, which averages 52.0 points per game, relies on a ground and pound attack on offense, Fountain Central employs both a ground game and a passing game to average 54.8 points per contest.
The Mustangs are averaging just over 250 yards per game on the ground with Daniel Harrison and Jared Fishero combining for more than 1,200 yards and 25 touchdowns this season in run attack, while quarterback Koby Pierce has thrown for more than 1,700 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. The leading receiver for Fountain Central is Trevor Loveall with 832 receiving yards on 34 catches, including 12 touchdowns.
“I’ve been really pleased with our running backs, both Daniel and Jared, and Koby has had a really good year throwing the ball,’’ Moore said. “But, the biggest thing for us has been our receivers. Trevor is leading the way, but we’ve also got Ethan Woodrow and Jaren Oakley contributing. I think having that passing attack has made us a better offensive team this year.’’
And Moore admits it has changed him a little as a coach.
“I used to be a run-oriented coach,’’ he said. “We’ve thrown it a lot more than I ever thought a team that I coached would throw it. We run or throw the ball now because we want to do that. It’s been a completely different game this season.’’
But one thing that has remained consistent is that Moore says everything starts with his guys up front.