Wanting 'Moore': Dalton RB carries on family legacy as a Catamount

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Dalton High School running back Joshua Moore, left, sheds a sheds a tackle by a Northwest Whitfield defender.

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For Dalton High School running back Joshua Moore, playing football for the Catamounts is a family tradition.

His father, Garland Moore, played for the Catamounts in the 1980s. Through the years many of his uncles and cousins have donned the red and white on Friday nights, most recently cousin Shaquon Moore, who was a running back in the class of 2010.

"It's cool to say I'm carrying on a tradition that runs in the family," said Moore, a senior.

As a running back, Moore has multiple responsibilities. Not only does he carry the ball to spell star running back Jahmyr Gibbs, but Moore also lines up at fullback to clear the way for Gibbs and the other ball carriers. Through two games the highly-recruited Gibbs, a Georgia Tech commit, has rushed for 603 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"He's a grinder," Land said of Moore. "He's a guy that you don't read about in the paper. He's a guy that's not going to show up on the stat sheet. But to our coaching staff and to our players, he's one of our most valuable teammates. Jahmyr doesn't have the yards he has if he's not out there blocking. (Quarterback) Landon (Allen) doesn't have some of those passing yards out there if he's not out there blocking and catching short passes and checkdowns."

Moore understands his dual role as a running back. When he lines up at fullback, his job is to make blocks to free his fellow running backs or protect the quarterback. And when he's at tailback, he's there to carry the ball. He prefers carrying the ball, as many running backs do.

"They label me as a power back, but I feel that I'm more than that," Moore said. "I'm not slow."

Although he scored a touchdown in Dalton's win over Northwest Whitfield on Aug. 30, Land said Moore isn't looking for statistical glory. Land described Moore as a "consummate teammate."

"He's a kid that doesn't show up and ask what's for him," Land said. "He wants to know how he can contribute, what can he do to help this team be the best team we can be."

After two easy victories to start the season, Dalton (2-0) starts its Region 6-6A schedule with a home matchup with Sequoyah (1-1) tonight. Last season, Sequoyah beat Dalton 42-14 while rushing for six touchdowns, 22 first downs and 384 yards on 62 carries.

Moore is looking to contribute any way he can, whether it's blocking, running the ball or catching passes. He's excited to carry on the family tradition of playing football for the Catamounts, which has been regarded as one of the stronger programs in north Georgia.

"It's something we hang our hat on so you've got to buy into the program," Moore said. "You've got to work for it."

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