Lukas Moore --
Smooth. It's the perfect word to describe Joey Moore's game. His look too, the Junior looked the part of "star quarterback" in warmups at Waverly. He walked around the field with confidence, and the Bulldog uniform fit him like a dream. He even has an arm sleeve that makes him look like a Madden created player.
The new Athens quarterback set off some fireworks, and had some rookie mistakes in his debut. Athens lost to playoff-caliber Waverly, 30-27, in a game the Bulldogs will look back on as one that got away. Moore was 24/38 (63%) for 278 yards with three touchdowns through the air. He also added 60 yards on the ground on 26 attempts, a mixture of designed runs and scrambles.
The ball zipped out of Moore's hand with unexpected strength, even on a wet field. His accuracy on short and intermediate passes was excellent.
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Our 12 member panel was asked to list their top three candidates for TVC Player of the Year in no specific order
Lukas Moore --
This will be my 7th season broadcasting high school football, and I am bubbling with excitement. This area is loaded with intrigue, and I'm ready to finally stop speculating about this season. I can't wait to feel the raw energy of rivalry games. I can't wait for the fun we have on Football Friday Nights on Power 105.
But, I'll be honest, I wish I wasn't broadcasting high school games this Friday. Not because I don't want to be there, but because I want to be calling NCAA/NFL games full-time. I mean, who doesn't? The money's better, the rosters aren't wrong, and more people listen. Most, maybe all, broadcasters feel the same way I do. Some of those broadcasters have given me sideways glances when I explain the level of preparation I put into high school games. Friends have given me even more sideways looks when I go on an angry rant about the horrific regional realignment by the OHSAA, or tell them that I don't party on Friday's.
Those friends usually ask this question, "Why do you care so much?"
I care because I'm in love with sports. I'm in love with telling stories within sports, and once I know what a game means and who's involved, I care a lot. The first step to a successful broadcast is actually caring about what you're broadcasting. Passion bleeds through the radio like a sharpie through paper. The listener can feel the energy, and the passion, if the broadcaster delivers. It's magical.
I felt that energy for the first-time in 2010.