HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Ethan Moore gain confidence headed into senior season at Rouse

The quarterback threw for more than 1,300 yards and was named to the all-district second team last year

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It's the end of the day during the second week of fall football practice. As the Rouse offense and defense lines square up for one last physical drill, Ethan Moore is jumping around, getting players on both sides pumped up.

The quarterback helped the Raiders squeak into the playoffs and junior last season and he's come back for his senior season with a renewed conviction in the game and somewhat different offense to put in place.

"I feel way more confident going into this year after starting and everything last year," Moore said. "I had a bunch of jitters then, but this year I'm relaxed about the offense and I feel more into it than I did."

Moore completed nearly 50 percent of his passes and threw for 1,306 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for another 460 yards and five scores, breaking the century mark twice. He was also named second all-district team.

Former Rouse players have come back to watch practice this fall and have commented how much quicker the ball looks coming out of his hands.

"He's cocky and he doesn't hide talking a lot out there," Rouse head coach Josh Mann said. "But I love it because he's confident. If you play timid, we're going to be in trouble and he's not going to do that. I think he's going to have a breakout year."

Moore said he did a lot of training the summer before his senior season.

When football ended in November, he worked with a specific quarterback coach, and he would help set up workouts with other members of the Raiders' squad to help everybody get on the same page.

"His maturity in leading the team has changed," Mann said. "He's trusting his guys and putting them in good spots. He's not just back here trying to play the game, he's thinking through the game now and it's slowed it down for him out there."

Rouse didn't do spring football, to Moore and the offense had an extra week to work on instituting a new, spread out offense this season. Wes Cowling, the Raiders' quarterbacks coach last year, was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Mann said size wise the depth isn't where they can run over opponents, instead opting for a speed game with shifty and experienced running backs and receivers.

"It'll look familiar to what we looked like in 2012 and 2013," Mann said. "The transition has been awesome. We felt like we needed the extra scrimmage to go compete. It's been amazing because these kids are hungry. They're excited to be out there working."

Moore has had to adjust by moving out of the pistol formation and has worked specifically on throwing on the run. He said Cowling and the rest of the offensive unit have bought in and they've fed off the energy in practice.

"Everyone is doubting us right now," Moore said. "We know we can go in every week and prove them all wrong."

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