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Warriors’ Moore to play at Averett

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Robert Howey
rhowey@thelancasternews.com
INDIAN LAND – On an unseasonably warm afternoon and proudly wearing his Indian Land High School Warriors’ football letter jacket, D.J. Moore was having a hard time from stopping the sweat beads.
“That’s just D.J.’s trademark,” said Indian Land head football coach Mike Mayer. “He’s always sweating because he’s a hard worker.”
Mayer noted Moore’s willingness to toil as a major reason in his opportunity to continue his education and football career.
Moore’s work has landed him a chance to play at Averett University in Danville, Va., a NCAA Div. III school and a member of the USA South Conference.
“D.J, has been a hard worker since he joined our football program,” Mayer said. “He was willing to put forth the needed effort on the field and in the weight room, whatever it took, and he worked hard in class and that’s helped him earn hits opportunity.”
Moore, a three-year member of the IL varsity, was a two-year starter and played both ways – fullback and linebacker in his senior season for the Warriors, who fashioned a 7-4 mark and a second straight Class AA Upper State home berth.
Moore, an All-Region IV-AA pick and The Lancaster News All-County selection, earned the Warriors’ Best Running Back Award last fall.
On defense, he registered 44 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks and broke up a pass.
“D.J. is selfless,” Mayer said. “He never really cared where he played as long as he got to play.”
In class, Moore has a 3.284 grade point average and is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes member.
Moore noted several reasons for picking Averett.
“They have a beautiful campus and I love the student center,” he said. “They also have a big brother program where an upperclassman is a mentor and helps in the transition from high school to college.
“They have nice facilities for the football program and the weight room,” Moore said. “The players are like a family and I like that.
“I’m looking to go there and make an impact my freshman year,” Moore said.
He added he’s appreciative of what Mayer and the Warriors’ staff have done to help him reach his goal of playing college football.
“Coach Mayer has pushed me a lot,” Moore said. “He’s helped me prepare for college and college football.”

Contact sports editor  Robert Howey at (803) 283-1157