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Moore returns to Vols' sideline

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AJ coach takes responsibility for 'practice scuffle,' sits out jamboree

By Robert Howey

 

   

Andrew Jackson High School head football coach David Moore was back with the Volunteers’ football team Monday afternoon after serving  a short suspension from his coaching duties last week.

Moore, in his second season leading the AJ program, did not accompany his team to the 36th annual Shrine Jamboree in Camden on Friday night.

“We’ve put this behind us and are moving on,” said Moore, as he headed to the practice field for a late Monday afternoon workout.

“During our football camp earlier this month at school, we had a brief scuffle between two players and we should have had better supervision from our coaches,” Moore said. 

The Vols opened preseason drills Aug. 1. Moore said  the incident happened between two practice sessions while the team was taking a break.  

“A parent raised concern and I met with our athletics director, Scottie Phillips, and our principal, Mrs. (Mary) Barry and we agreed that I would serve the one-game suspension and not go to Camden for the jamboree.

“We all have to be accountable,” Moore said.  As the AJ head coach, I felt this was my responsibility. If a kid makes an error in judgment, then there’s usually some punishment. We should hold the same standard for coaches.”

In Moore’s absence on Friday, veteran AJ assistant coach Chad Faulkenberry guided the Vols’ team in its action against Lugoff-Elgin High School.

Moore served as AJ’s interim head coach last season and was promoted to head coach early last winter. 

He teaches health and physical education. 

Moore will be on the sidelines Friday night when AJ hosts the annual Founders Kickoff Classic at Volunteer Stadium. 

The Vols face the McBee High School Panthers in the final period of play at 9:30 p.m.

AJ opens its 42nd season of football at the Lancaster County Class AA school on Aug. 26 when the Vols host county rival Lancaster High School at 7:30 p.m.