NFC marches forward without quarterback Moore

NFC marches forward without quarterback Moore

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NFC marches forward without quarterback Moore

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Justin Moore received the game ball following North Florida Christian’s victory over Jacksonville University Christian Friday.

But the presentation wasn’t held in the Eagles’ home locker room.

Instead, it was at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where Moore was taken by ambulance after he suffered a gruesome leg injury in the game’s first half.

NFC coach Robert Craft and around 10 players visited the senior quarterback following their 28-14 win in the Region I-2A final.

The appreciative Moore was in good spirits despite the circumstances – he suffered a broken left tibia (shinbone) and dislocated left kneecap when he was tackled in the pocket after he released a pass in the first half.

“I didn’t want those guys to think I was angry, sad or upset,” Moore said Saturday afternoon from his home.

“I was so proud of them for coming out with the win, and I didn’t want this to bring the whole team down. They rallied together, had a positive attitude and I was so proud of them.”

Moore will undergo further tests this week to determine if surgery is necessary.

Moore knows the routine all too well. His junior season ended when he suffered a broken right tibia against Florida High.

Moore’s injury on Friday brought many players to tears, while others turned away.

“In my opinion, Justin’s the best quarterback in the city – he is as good as a leader at quarterback as we’ve had here,” Craft said.

“Our guys know how hard Justin worked to get back from last year’s injury and how much he means to us. Our guys were pretty devastated.”

Moore, a 2,000-yard passer, was replaced by fellow senior Joey Giaritelli. Giaritelli started five games last season when Moore was injured.

Craft said NFC will rely on its same offensive approach in Friday’s state semifinal against visiting Victory Christian Academy. Running back Jonathan Vickers, a Florida State verbal commitment, headlines the unit.

Moore, who has attracted collegiate interest, is determined to remain upbeat.

“I know my season is over but I can still be a good teammate and help lead those guys and be positive,” Moore said. “It was kind of humbling last night to see they cared that much to come by and visit me that late.”

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