Ethan Moore was at the heart of a culture change at Rouse.
The Raiders’ quarterback remembers during his freshman year when they were settling for little victories. By the time his senior year was done, striving for bigger and better achievements had become the expectation.
Moore signed to continue his football career at Texas Lutheran University on Wednesday afternoon. He was joined by fellow football player Ayden Sharp (Trinity Valley Community College) and track athlete Abigail Bendle (New Mexico) at the ceremony.
“It was a fun process to go through, but it was kind of stressful too,” Moore said. “There is something special at Texas Lutheran and it felt like home. All the players have a family mentality and academically they’re one of the best in the state.”
Moore has been on the varsity squad for three years and he was the starter the last two years, earning Second-Team All-District honors this season.
On the field, he’s been able to be versatile in the running and passing game.
He threw for more than 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior and was the second-best rusher, going for 460 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. While the passing numbers dropped off in his senior year, he rushed for nearly 500 yards and seven scores, with two games of 100-plus rushing yards.
“I’ve had to grow up and become a leader,” Moore said. “It helped to be on varsity my sophomore year, that helped with my leadership. Just knowing what it takes to get to the playoffs and what not to do. All the coaches helped out and my mom and dad were by my side the whole time.”
The competition will be tough when Moore gets Seguin.
Last year’s starting senior is leaving after graduation and there is only one other quarterback on the roster that had more than five passing attempts a year ago. Additionally, McNeil quarterback Zane Kampfer signed to play for the Bulldogs earlier on Wednesday.
Moore is up for the challenge.
“The competition is going to be high,” Moore said. “It’s going to be a fun competition and I’m looking forward to going in there and working hard. I love that competition.”