As quarterback of the Delaware Hayes High School football team, senior Cullen Moore appreciates the occasional pass play on first or second down in coach Mike Golden's run-oriented wing-T offense.

As quarterback of the Delaware Hayes High School football team, senior Cullen Moore appreciates the occasional pass play on first or second down in coach Mike Golden's run-oriented wing-T offense.

A third-year starter, Moore has developed into a dual threat, hurting opponents with both his arm and legs.

"As a sophomore in (coach Golden's) first year, we were very run heavy," he said. "Last year, there were times when we would throw. This year, it looks like we're going to be pretty balanced. I'm thankful that he trusts me and gives us some opportunities in the passing game as well.

"A lot of times, it's based on what defenses give you. There are games when I hand it off a lot. I probably kept it on runs about 10 times a game last year, but in one game, I ran it 27 times. It's a matter of what the defense is geared up to stop."

Moore was 15-for-29 passing for 162 yards in a 20-13 win over Buckeye Valley in the season opener Aug. 26. He rushed 17 times for 62 yards, including touchdowns of 5 and 10 yards. He also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Derrick Buford.

"(Moore's) a strong kid with a great arm and has that unique combination of ability to run and pass," Golden said. "He throws the ball really well. ... I think he could put up big passing numbers in a different offense, but our offense is geared to do what we do best as a team."

That's fine with Moore.

"Sometimes I do think about what it would be like to play in a spread offense, but I would rather win any way I can than to have fun throwing the ball all around the field in a loss," Moore said. "I will do whatever it takes to win in a heartbeat. Having some balance between the two is probably what works best for the personnel we have. Hey, (coach Golden) is the one with the (state championship) ring. We listen to him."

Golden guided Watterson to the Division III state title in 2002.

"We haven't had a winning season since 2009 and haven't been to the playoffs since 2008," Moore said. "Those are some of the goals we've set for ourselves. It's been a long time and this program and community deserve to have something like that. We set our goals high. Coach Golden tells us if people aren't laughing at your goals, you haven't set them high enough."

Delaware, which defeated Marysville 21-16on Sept. 2, travels to Westland on Friday, Sept. 9. The Cougars, who lost to Mifflin 39-33on Sept. 2, lost to Licking Heights 31-0 in their opener Aug. 26, giving up 24 points in the second quarter.

Against Licking Heights, quarterback DeShawn Evans was 13-for-39 passing for 85 yards and receiver Joshua Douglas had five receptions for 21 yards. Running backs Abdul Diallo (10 rushes, 29 yards) and Matt Bailey (10-22) shared the majority of the carries. They also combined for three receptions totaling 36 yards.

Westland won last year's meeting 14-10.

Stan Sorn, Glenn Pauley and Braden Donges led Delaware's defense against Buckeye Valley. Sorn and Pauley both had two tackles for loss and one sack, while Donges had one sack, an interception and a fumble recovery.