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INDIAN LAND – When Indian Land High School senior quarterback Rondreas Truesdale reaches the end zone as he often has this season, teammate D.J. Moore feels he has a hand in it.
To be exact, it’s probably a striking shoulder.
Moore, regarded as a physical, blue-collar player for the Warriors, is the lead blocker for the talented Truesdale as IL’s senior fullback.
“I feel when Rondreas scores, I score, too, because I help him get there,” Moore said.
“He only gets a few carries for himself, but he plays a key role in being the lead blocker for Rondreas,” IL coach Mike Mayer said.
Moore’s bullish fullback play of clearing the way for Truesdale is only half the story.
The other side is on the other side of the ball where he’s a key performer in the IL defense at linebacker.
“I like defense,” said Moore. “On defense, you hit somebody on every play.”
Moore, at linebacker, has racked up 30 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks, including one for a safety in a home win over Class A foe McBee High School.
“I like to hit people,” said Moore. “To me, I guess it comes natural because it’s in my blood. My father, Darryl, played defensive end at Olympic High School in Charlotte and my grandfather, James, played defensive end at West Charlotte. They were hitters, too.
“I feel good when I hit somebody and put them on the ground,” Moore said.
“When I hit someone, it’s like a stress reliever and releasing anger,” he said.
Mayer appreciates Moore’s style of play.
“D.J. is our hammer on defense,” Mayer said. “He makes us a more physical team.”
Moore said a physical football team is a tough customer.
“You want to be physical and keep pounding and pounding. It makes it tough for the other team because it makes them tired of getting hit over and over,” he said.
Moore and his Warrior teammates, 6-1, 1-1, know they are in for a battle tonight when they travel to Central High School in Pageland to face the Eagles, 5-2, 2-0.
“I think we have a good chance,” Moore said. “We can’t have turnovers and we have to shut down their running attack. We have to stay mistake-free.
“When you have possession of the ball, you try to make the most of each possession, and if you can, score on defense.”
Moore, with the regular-season winding down and the postseason on the horizon, said the Warriors still have a lofty goal for the 2011 season.
“We’re having a great season and we just made a few mistakes last week,” Moore said. “When we go in the gym, all the state championship pictures on the wall in there are girls teams.
“We would like to put the first boys state championship team in there. That’s our goal,” he said.