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Hart freshman football's big name from the past

Posted: August 26, 2013 11:03 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2013 11:03 p.m.

There will be a familiar name on the field for the Hart freshman team this season, and like his older brother, he’ll be playing on both sides of the ball.

Nick Moore, brother of Hart graduate and Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore, will be under center for the Indians this season.

He’ll also play defensive back on a situational basis.

“He’s been looking good all summer,” said co-head coach Joe McKeon, who will run the team with his son Jack. “And we just put on pads and had our first scrimmage down at Alemany and he did a great job.”

The team will mimic the varsity schemes as much as possible, but McKeon says that the freshman level generally sees more running than the higher levels.

That’s where running back Chris Ike will come in.

“We expect good things. He’s a strong young man, powerful runner and also a good pass blocker,” McKeon said.

Hart has had some setbacks in the wide receiving corps, as injuries have sidelined multiple players.

McKeon said he has about eight receivers he trusts in the role, but that the injuries have made it difficult to establish a clear No. 1 guy.

“Because of this situation right now, we’re a little thin,” McKeon said. “But they’re mostly hands and fingers, so that heals quickly. We’ll be at full strength in two or three weeks.

A number of guys will play both ways, but a roster of over 50 players will give McKeon an opportunity to go three deep at most defensive positions.

Nick Soto has stood out at the defensive end position, with Stephen Hansen starring on the other side of the line.

Moore will work in at defensive back on occasion, along with C.J. Stokes.

Hart, which went 9-1 last season, losing to Valencia, is hoping it has the talent to win a Foothill League title in 2013.

“We go into each year planning to win every game, and that’s our goal and we hope we’re able to take what we’re blessed with and do the job,” McKeon said. “We don’t have any history, so that’s what makes freshman level so exciting and enjoyable. You get a new challenge every year.”

For the Indians, that challenge starts on Thursday at Santiago High in Corona at 4 p.m.


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