The beginning is near for Pine Lake Prep football. Next month, the team will play its first varsity game with rookie head coach Jason Moore at the helm.The school, which will play in the Southern Piedmont 1A, started its own junior varsity program last year in preparation for creating a varsity squad this season.Moore, who joined the school in May, recognized the amount of work it took to lay the foundation over the last 18 months.(The booster club) has put in tons of hours, Moore said. They funded it, they hired coaches, they built the team. ... All of the credit goes to those guys.That left Moore to handle the football side of things. He hired assistants, developed a plan for practice and came up with a routine for watching game film and preparing each week.Then it was time to meet the players.The first time was probably a little awkward for both of us, Moore said. But since then, Moore has gotten to know his new roster of just over 20 students. While he has figured out much of the depth chart, a three-way battle continues at quarterback between two freshmen and a senior.Whoever learns his offense the fastest will be under center on Week 1, Moore said. That offense is an up-tempo, spread attack based on the scheme he used as the offensive coordinator at North Iredell.Its similar to the offense Pine Lake ran as a JV team, which should limit the learning curve, but Moore still has to get his players to understand his terminology before the season kicks off.For at least this year, Moore will serve as offensive coordinator in addition to head coach.The offense is my baby, Moore said. I want to put it in. Once my staff has had some time together, Ill probably be willing to turn it over.That staff is comprised of four coaches: two who stayed after leading the JV program under coach Jay Poag and two who Moore brought in after being hired.Despite all of the work Moore has had to do in getting the team ready, he has set high goals for the first year.We are not going to throw this season away, he said. I want one of our traditions to be playing on Thanksgiving (week) every year, and that means going three rounds into the playoffs.Earlier this month, Moore reminded his team of how close their first varsity game was.Their ears perked up and they had big smiles, Moore said. We are pumped. We are ready to get rolling.
Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013
Pine Lake Prep readies for varsity football start
Pine Lake Prep Coach: Jason Moore (First year). 2012 record: 5-4 (JV). Key players: • RB Austin Cook, Jr..: Cook has good speed for one of the bigger running backs in the conference, and he should get plenty of opportunities to show it off. Moore will rely on him to carry the load for the team. • WR Joe Berg, Jr.: A ballhawk on both sides of the ball, Berg led the team in interceptions a year ago and will be the primary target on offense. Can’t miss games: Lake Norman Charter, Sept. 6; Community School of Davidson, Nov. 8.
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