Moore confident as ever after summer camp

By: Matt Long
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Justin Moore is coming off a solid season as the quarterback on Vista del Lago’s junior varsity football team. As a junior, the 6-foot, 1-inch, 180-pounder knows he’s likely behind senior Aaron Young in the depth chart, but officially the two are competing for the starting position, which hasn’t put a strain on their relationship. “We’re best friends and we just try to make each other better by helping each other,” Moore said. Young agrees. “We both see the field and help each other by saying stuff like, ‘hey, you missed that, or this is what I saw,’ Young said. “We critique each other and that helps us out. We’re good friends so we hang out together. The competition is fine.” Like Young, Moore had a solid summer capped off by an outstanding performance at a big camp that helped make a name for himself. With the support of Rod Robison, a senior certified quarterback coach for the Quarterback Academy, Moore received an at large bid to attend a national quarterbacking event called “Duel of the Dozens” held in mid-July in Canton, Ohio, featuring about 200 high school quarterbacks from around the nation. “I wasn’t sure if I could compete with the top quarterbacks that were going to be there, because there were quarterbacks there from all of the country, including Florida and Texas,” Moore said. “Rod assured me that I’d be fine.” Moore was more than fine at the Duel of the Dozens. After being initially evaluated, the quarterbacks were graded on accuracy, football distance and reading coverages, according to Moore. At the end of the day, Moore was one of four finalists in the competition and ended up placing second in an event he wasn’t even sure he belonged in. “It was one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever felt,” Moore said of his stellar second-place finish. “And it was in front of tons of people too. It’s a huge confidence boost for me. I’m so much more confident and I know I can compete with anyone.” Robison was impressed by Moore’s performance too. “He represented himself very well,” Robison said. “The quarterbacks were measured on the long ball, accuracy, speed of their drop, speed of their release, reading coverages and their run game mechanics. The finals, call the gauntlet, is also a timed event. They finish up the competition with a 7-on-7 drill. “Justin’s just a special kid. He’s composed, has a good skill set and works harder than most. He’s humble and he’s just a really good kid.” Vista coach Chris Jones was also impressed with Moore. “Justin did a great job of leading the JV team, but I didn’t know what to expect from him coming into this year,” Jones said. “He had a really good summer and physically has kept progressing. He’s not going to overpower you with arm strength or run away from you, but he can manage the offense and has a good feel about what to do.” Regardless if he or Young is Vista’s starting quarterback this season, Moore is looking forward to the season. “I feel like we’ve got a great team and we’re a young team,” Moore said. “We’ve got a great group of senior leaders and a bunch of juniors who are ready to step up and play. It should be a great year.” Make no mistake; however, Moore would love to be the starter behind center this fall. “I just love playing quarterback,” Moore said. “I like to be in control and be a leader and be a guy that the team looks up to.”