Moore’s FG lifts Central past Demons
When Daniel Moore showed up to football practice at the start of the season, he was known as “this guy from soccer.”
Moore made a name for himself Friday night, kicking a 20-yard field goal with one-tenth of a second left to lift Central to a 24-21 victory over Durango at Stocker Stadium.
“Man, it’s unbelievable,” Moore said. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I got a lot of ‘I love yous.’ It’s crazy coming from soccer, you get to make a name for yourself. I was this guy from soccer. It was my time. I was ready for it.”
The senior had to kick the game-winner, not once, not twice, but three times before it was official.
He nailed a 24-yard field goal on the first attempt, but Durango called timeout just before the ball was snapped. Moore missed the second attempt, but a Durango player ran into him, giving him another chance from 20 yards out.
“You have all that pressure going and it’s like, ‘This is it. This is what you’ve been training all season for, this is what it comes down to,’” Moore said. “I felt it. I had a great line blocking for me, a great everything. It was unbelievable.”
Moore was the hero, but there were other players who made significant contributions in the victory.
“We had a lot of different people had to come in and play tonight (because of injuries),” Central coach Vern McGee said. “John Aragon picks up a fumble and causes another one and almost recovers it. For a kid to step in and get it done, you’re just really happy for him.”
Aragon recovered a fumble midway through the third quarter with the Warriors (2-5, 1-2 Southwestern Conference) trailing 13-7.
“I got hit and I was a little slow getting to the play, but I saw that he fumbled it,” he said. “I look up and see the ball on the ground. I see the ball bouncing, I picked up and was looking for a touchdown, but I didn’t get it.”
Five plays later, Aaron Wallway scored on a 13-yard run to tie the game. Moore’s point-after gave Central its first lead.
The Warriors took a 21-13 lead when quarterback Taylor Sanchez broke loose on an option for 84 yards early in the fourth quarter.
Durango (3-4, 0-2 SWC) answered with a 1-yard run by Lucas Sinnig with 3:28 left. The Demons converted the 2-point conversion to tie the game, 21-21.
Central had plenty of time to score and moved into position when Sanchez ran the option for 39 yards into Durango territory on the first play of the series. Sanchez rushed for 203 yards on 16 carries.
The Warriors moved the ball to the 6-yard line, setting up Moore’s heroics.
Durango’s kicker, Avery Llewellyn gave the Demons a 13-7 halftime lead with a 55-yard field goal. The state record is 67 yards.
“(Moore) told me, ‘If that kid can kick a 55, I can kick a 60,’ ” McGee said. “I love that. That was even better, a winner at the end.”