By Adrian Johnson
The Moore brothers, Jordan and Gabe, are close knit, and Friday night Gabe humbly smiled as he talked about breaking the single game rushing record previously held by his brother, Jordan.
Moore carried the ball 33 times and accumulated 322 yards to set a new school record as Monroe celebrated a 29-22 overtime victory over Arlington Friday night in Monroe.
“That’s my (personal) record and I’m pretty sure that breaks a school record that my brother had last year. So that’s a pretty great accomplishment. I’m going to call him up tonight,” Gabe Moore said after the game.
In heavy rain both teams played error-free football until the final three and a half minutes of the game. The Monroe offense had driven the ball down to the Arlington 6-yard line when Moore fumbled the ball and Arlington recovered.
“I knew that drive was super important and once I fumbled the ball I knew, ‘all right we got to get it back. I have to make a play and get it back,’” Moore said.
Using all but 33 seconds of the game clock, Arlington drove down the field before the Monroe defense stiffened and forced them to punt. Monroe took the ball on their own 19 yard line and opted to run out the clock and force overtime with the score tied at 22 – 22.
After the coin toss, Monroe had the ball first in overtime according to the Kansas City overtime rules. Driving from their own twenty-five yard line Moore carried the ball three times for 13 yards before his teammate Max Blais put the Bearcats ahead with a four yard burst up the middle.
Then it was Arlington’s turn from the 25-yard line. Arlington managed to pick up a first down to Monroe’s 14-yard line before the Monroe defense, on 4th down and one yard to go, forced Arlington’s John Decker to fumble ending the overtime and giving Monroe the victory.
Monroe’s Tanner Lippincott recovered the fumble and said “I landed on it, and I did not know I was on it till the last second and grabbed a hold of it as tight as I could”.
After the game Coach Abrams said, “In the second half, it was just like a slugging match, you know, back and forth and back and forth. Our defense, I thought, played really well against a great offense. And then our offense was able to move the ball when we needed to. That was a great game. Both teams were amazing. Playing back and forth. Nobody giving up.”