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Daily News Q&A: McKeesport's Mikell Moore

| Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 1:06 a.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
McKeesport's Mikell Moore scores past Gateway's Monte Nicholson during the first half Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Monroeville.

Atop the leaderboard of what amounts to a very balanced rushing attack at McKeesport, fullback Mikell Moore is the featured attraction. The burly 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior leads the undefeated Tigers' punishing ground game with a modest 700 yards, or 77.7 yards per game.

And, he does it with a certain flair.

“There's no days off,” Moore said, hedging slightly for emphasis. “There's no days off, except Sundays, of course.”

Moore has been a reliable option in coach George Smith's complex, confounding flexbone offense, a quiet and constant force. He's been at work preparing to help lead the third-seeded Tigers (9-0) into the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs with a first-round game on Friday night against visiting Peters Township (5-4), the 14th seed.

With Moore & Co. netting huge gains, McKeesport has attempted just 15 passes, with only one going for a touchdown.Q: In a word, can you describe your senior season so far?

A: Phenomenal.

Q: With Coach Smith back with the program, what's been the biggest difference in your routine this season?

A: It's been more physical stuff and more hitting. We're lifting weights more and basically lifting as a team, even after practices. We're just working harder.

Q: What been your most memorable moment during the regular season?

A: I would say the Woody High game (33-20 victory), because I have a lot of family from Woodland Hills. When we played them, I knew I was going to hear it. I had to prove that we were working hard.

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A: I plan to attend a four-year college. I would like to start (in football), but it's OK if i get redshirted.

Q: Who's made the most impact in your life?

A: I would say our coach, From last year, he has helped our season and basically taught us how to run the flexbone the right way. He's an awesome guy.

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