Junior Mason Moore caught six passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns in Lexington Christian’s 54-14 drubbing of Dunbar.
“The first touchdown was off of a slant route into the boundary and we knew linebackers would flow with the motion, so it would be a 1-on-1 situation with me and the corner,” Moore told KSR. “My quarterback (Drew Nieves) threw a great ball and I got separation off the route and went up with strong hands and took it in for the touchdown.”
“The second touchdown was off of a hitch and go where I knew I had speed on the corner and one move would make him bite hard on the short route,” Moore said. “So, I sold the hitch then turned on the go and my quarterback threw a great ball and allowed me to use my speed and run under it in the end zone.”
WATCH: More Thursday night action. @DunbarBulldogs1 hosting @LCAFootball2020.@Drew12nieves finishes with *281* yards passing, 5 TDs@MasonMoore0 had 130 yards receiving, 2 TDs@LCAathletics wins big over Dunbar, 54-14. pic.twitter.com/YKguWNHxXL
— Bryan Kennedy (@BKennedyTV) October 2, 2020
He forms a seemingly unstoppable trio with fellow junior WR Xavier Brown and junior QB Drew Nieves. Nieves threw five TDs in the win last night. Brown had a monster game earlier this year when he caught nine balls for 218 yards and three scores in LCA’s close win over Lexington Catholic. He has offers from Maryland and Boston College.
Xavier Brown picks up our week 2 game ball.
— Charlie Walter (@CharlieWalterTV) September 21, 2020
Moore played some at quarterback, running back and defensive back last year, but was recently moved to receiver.
“At this point, I’ll play anywhere a college needs me to play,” Moore told KSR when asked about what position he seems himself playing at the next level. “I was mainly a defensive player, then they needed me to step up on offense and that’s what I did to help my team get the win. I see myself at a safety/defensive back or wide receiver in college though. The defensive side of the ball I would say is a strength because I get to use my voice and help make checks and reads on the fly, as well as use my ball skills.”
LCA (4-0) is ranked No. 11 in the KSR State rankings and they are one of the top contenders in Class 2A.
“The strengths to this team are chemistry, selflessness, and hard work,” Moore said. “We come in every day prepared and ready to work hard and make changes on the fly. Nobody cares who gets the credit and everyone just does their job to put us in a position to win every week. We are mostly juniors and seniors starting and all understand things very well on both sides of the ball.”
The Eagles have a great stretch of games starting on October 16 when they travel to No. 10 Somerset and Danville in back-to-back weeks and then host Paintsville the following week. They will likely meet Somerset again in the playoffs, a team that knocked out LCA 28-26 last year on their way to the 2A state title. The winner of that will likely be the favorite to win the state championship.
“Somerset is a very good football team and obviously a huge game for us, and all I’m going to say is that we’re going to come ready to play,” Moore said when asked about the October 16 matchup with the Briar Jumpers.
Mason’s father, Marty Moore, played linebacker for Kentucky in the early 90s. He was one of the best defenders in UK history.
All-SEC LB Marty Moore finished at UK ranking 4th in tackles with 470. He was the last pick of the '94 @NFLDraft and defied the odds by earning a spot on the @Patriots. He went on to an eight-year career in the @NFL and was the first Mr. Irrelevant to play in a Super Bowl (XXXI). pic.twitter.com/68RrmTAFhu
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 16, 2019
“My dad was a great, hard nosed , football player who loved the game and I think we both just have passion and love to win,” Mason Moore said. “We both are very ‘football smart’ as they call it and are able to see things and read plays much faster than most.”
“One way we are alike is, we talk with our pads. Going out with a chip on our shoulder every game and taking things personal as a business trip every night. Leading our team, and stepping up to make big plays when needed is a similarity as well. My dad was a great football player and taught me so much about the game. But, in the end, I am Mason Moore, I am my own player.”