Ashburn, Va (September 10, 2014) – The strong side OLB position in head coach Charlie Pierce’s 3-4 defense demands the most versatile football athlete on the squad. Senior Dominic Moore, the current Falcon starter in that position is as good as any Pierce has coached in his 134–win career. “Domo played well in in his first few games as a starter in 2013,” said Pierce. Then he got better as the season progressed. This season he has a chance to dominate.”
Moore was 6-1, 195 pounds in 2013. His play was good enough to garner All-Conference and 2nd-team All-Region honors. This season he showed up to camp at 6-2, 215 pounds. “I’m more comfortable this season fighting off 250 pound lineman,” he said. Asked what accounted for the 30 more pounds of muscle, he answered, “I worked out a lot and I ate a lot.” Makes sense to me.
Last season was his first at Briar Woods and he admits it took a little time for him to feel at ease in his new environment. “By the middle of the season I felt I was really part of the family here.” The strength of this program is this team “fights together on the field and stays together like a family off the field. We’re like brothers.”
That sense of unity is expressed by just about every player that comes through Briar Woods. It is perhaps the single most important factor in the Falcons’ four year run of three state championships and one runner-up finish. It is also a testimony to the excellent coaching staff Pierce has assembled.
What does it take to excel as a Falcon OLB? The varied duties include containing the outside running game, rushing the passer or covering a receiver, and figuring out which of those things to do as the play develops. All you need is size, speed, a high football I.Q., and that unique football characteristic of enjoying the physicality of the game. In other words, you have to like hitting and not mind taking the inevitable hit. All that doesn’t necessarily come together in one individual. But it does in Moore.
Pierce, who acts as the Falcons defensive coordinator says that “you’re fortunate as a coach to come across a player with Domo’s skills and mental makeup. He’s a hard worker who wanted to get better and put the time and sweat in to get better. Now you see an excellent high school football player.”
Moore wants to continue his football career in college and there are a number of FBS schools that have expressed interest including Minnesota, Boston College, Maryland and UNC. “One thing I do to get better is work out with one of the strongest player on the team.” This season his partner is OT Chase Brown who at 6-5, 290 pounds presents a formidable obstacle to crash your body into. But that’s the work ethic needed to win championships and go to the next level.
by George Khalsa