Cypress Lake head football coach Dale More finished an 0-10 season in 2012, the first season as the head guy. He admitted he pondered that season for two days last November, then got his players into the gym and started workouts.
And the way rising sophomore Clifford Moore ran against Evangelical Christian School on Thursday night, More — and Moore — are ready to get 2013 underway.
Moore finished with 242 yards rushing on 20 carries with three touchdowns in three quarters and one play worth of action to lead the Panthers to a 35-13 victory over the Sentinels at Evangelical Christian.
Moore’s stats didn’t explain the way he sliced through wide open spaces and avoided tackles. If not for two long touchdown runs called back by penalties, Moore would have run for more than 340 yards.
“I’m pretty sure if you took off the penalty yards he might have had 400,” More said. “He’s a young guy and he’s got a lot of growing to do, but he’s going to be a great player. The moves he has you either wake up with it or you don’t. You don’t teach that.”
Running out of the spread formation, Moore was given the benefit of being five or six yards upfield before a Sentinels player could lay a hand on him thanks to his offensive line.
Moore averaged more than 10 yards a carry for his first nine attempts but got stronger as the game went on and ECS wore down.
He shot up the middle on a 47-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter and was touched just once as the Panthers took a 28-13 lead at that point.
In all, the Panthers had 360 yards on the ground and 197 yards passing for a total of 557 yards of offense. After Moore set the table with his running, quarterback Larry Rogers was able find receivers going 13-of-16.