Moore making own name while following brother
It was an ideal weekend for Grove City High School football player Chad Moore.
After helping the Dawgs defeat Groveport 42-24 on Sept. 21, Moore traveled to Ohio University the following day to watch his brother, Keith, help the Bobcats defeat Norfolk State 44-10.
Keith is a redshirt junior middle linebacker for the Bobcats.
Sharing special moments with his brother has always been an important part of Chad's life.
"My brother is the biggest role model I have," Chad said. "I play for him most of the time because he's taught me a lot over the years. He's obviously the one that really got me started into football. He's definitely the biggest inspiration I have."
Chad was in middle school during Keith's senior season at Grove City in 2008. His goal was to become a key contributor for the Dawgs -- like his brother.
Now a senior outside linebacker, Chad is second on the team in tackles (21.5) behind Tyler Conner (33.5). Peyton Bowyer has 21 tackles.
Chad also is a punter, running back, wide receiver and team captain. He is averaging 33.7 yards per punt and blocked a punt against Groveport.
"I'm trying to win a football game and if (coach Matt Jordan) needs me for a position, I better play it," Chad said. "I'm going to go for it because I'm just trying to make some plays out there. I'm trying to get a 'W' and that's the most important thing for our team."
Last season, Chad was first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and second-team all-district in Division I.
"Chad is a very talented kid," Jordan said. "He plays with a completely different motor. He plays at a different speed than what a lot of kids do. He's constantly going 100 miles an hour. He's a pretty good captain, the kids look up to him, he works hard and hopefully we can keep things going in the right direction."
Keith is a 2009 graduate of Grove City, where he was first-team all-league and all-district his senior season.
"Keith really embraced the things that we talked about," Jordan said. "He became a team captain and team leader. He's a good kid just like Chad; they come from a good family. They stress work ethic and doing things the right way."
After redshirting his freshman season and seeing limited playing time his sophomore season at Ohio, Keith played in all 14 games last season and finished with 35 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
He had seven tackles and recovered a fumble in Ohio's 24-14 win at Penn State on Sept. 1.
He was a walk-on at Ohio but received a scholarship late last year.
The Bobcats are 4-0 as they begin Mid-American Conference play Saturday, Sept. 29, at Massachusetts.
"I really enjoyed Grove City High School," Keith said. "It prepared me well for college and also really enjoy how it always has been a football town. I feel that Chad looks up to me and we have a lot in common, but I believe Chad is his own person and does what he wants regardless of what I have done. I am very proud of him and what he has accomplished thus far."
Grove City is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio as it prepares to play host to Newark on Friday, Sept. 28. The Wildcats are 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the league.
Last season, Grove City defeated Newark 44-7.
"We have to get better at quite a few things and the kids know that," Jordan said. "It's a chance for us to get to even, get to 3-3, but coach (Gregg) Forsythe at Newark is doing some good things over there. You can't take anybody lightly in this game because any given night anything can happen to you and we're not good enough to be thinking that we can walk all over people. We have to continue to work to get better."
The Dawgs ended a two-game losing streak by beating Groveport.
"Winning cures everything," Jordan said. "I was real happy with our kids. I thought it was going to be a pretty evenly matched game. I thought it would be extremely tough and I thought we came out and really physically got after it and that showed with the way the score went early."
For the season, quarterback Cameron Meece has completed 29 of 78 passes for 413 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has rushed for 391 yards and six touchdowns on 75 carries.
Corey Williams has rushed for 217 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries and Jake Norbutt has 156 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries.
Justin Waddle has five receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
"We proved to ourselves that we can be a dangerous team," Chad said after the Groveport game.