By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Mooreville didn’t get off to an ideal start to the season but it’s not exactly doom and gloom for the Troopers. They have won three of their last four and have averaged more than 40 points per win.
Friday, Mooreville (3-3) goes to Water Valley to start Division 2-3A play.
“We’ve got a really good division but Water Valley and Aberdeen and Charleston are as good as any in the North,” Mooreville coach Kevin Austin said. “I think either of those three could go to Jackson and unfortunately two of them are in my division.”
Mooreville started the season with losses to larger schools Amory and Saltillo, two teams now with a 9-2 record. Belmont beat the Troopers by six two weeks ago.
“We got beat by three pretty darn good teams,” Austin said. “We were young and we still are young but we’re growing up a little each week and getting better.”
Josh Johnson has found yards tougher to come by this season but is still finding a lot of them.
The senior back lost a lot of his fellow threats, including quarterback Griff Loftis from a year ago.
So far, he has 598 yards on 72 carries and six touchdowns.
“This year everybody is keying on Josh, coming in saying ‘We’re not going to let No. 1 beat us,’” Austin said. “It’s a lot tougher on him. Last year people were kind of scared of Griff throwing it and Josh kind of surprised some people.”
Mooreville is still looking for depth on the defensive side of the football and has started three different quarterbacks, the latest is freshman Tay Rucker. Rucker was okay against Belmont in his first start but made a big leap against Kossuth with 197 yards on 7 or 9 passing with two TDs. He rushed for another 57 yards on nine carries and two more scores.