A split second before the snap of the football, Weddington middle linebacker Myles Moore usually glances a few yards in front of him, just to see where his twin brother, defensive end, Lance Moore, is looking.
A few moments later, the twins often meet at the ball carrier, where it can be a race to see who makes the play first.
In 2014, the Moores’ technique helped Weddington to its best season ever. The Warriors were 14-2 and reached the N.C. 3AA championship game.
Lance (6-foot, 220), had 105 tackles and a Union County- and school-record 26 sacks. The all-state defensive end also registered 54 quarterback hurries and caused seven fumbles. Myles (6-1, 219) had 104 tackles, two sacks and an interception after missing the first seven games of the season coming off a torn ACL during basketball season.
The brothers are a big reason Weddington is among the favorites to reach another 3AA state final. The Warriors begin the season ranked No. 11 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll.
“Both young men got a lot of heart and bring a contagious energy to every play,” Weddington coach Tim Carson said of the Moores. “Lance is quick off the ball, has great moves and is always in the other teams’ backfield making a play. Myles is the quarterback of the defense, makes our calls and is great at reading (offensive) plays. They definitely feed off each other. They will do anything it takes to help us win games.”
While Lance and Myle have a lot of things they want to accomplish this season – including earning a college football scholarship – their No. 1 focus and goal is to get back to the state championship game.
“We had a great run last season. It definitely hurt losing in the championship game,” Lance Moore said. “We all want to get back to the state championship and win this year. That is what it’s all about. We are anxious to get this season started.”
The brothers, Lance said, are getting college recruiting interest from schools like Furman, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest. He said they would like to go to the same school. They also are part of an experienced team back with 12 starters returning.
On defense, Weddington will need seniors like safety Joey Hobbs (140 tackles last year, including 27 for a loss) and defensive end Nick Patterson (89 tackles, 25 tackles for loss) and 6-2, 215-pound linebacker Sam Shaffer (59 tackles) to continue to make plays.
On offense, the Warriors expect senior quarterback Grayson Willingham (6-2, 192), to pick up where he left off, going 5-1 as a starter over the final six games, and passing for 1,126 yards and 12 touchdowns.
On special teams, Weddington also has a major weapon in senior kicker Keith Duncan, who had a county-record 17 field goals and booted 74 touchbacks last season.
“We have a lot of key guys back, but this year’s team will have a totally new challenge,” said Carson, in his fifth year as Weddington’s coach. “They are going to have to want (a state championship) just as bad as any team we’ve had here.”