COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - It's hard to keep an edge when your team is rolling to an 86-0 win, but that's just what a Coffeyville Community College defense headed up by standout linebacker Dontrell Moore did on Sunday.
Moore (6-2, 225, 4.49), a mid-term graduated coveted by the University of Arkansas football program, had 5 tackles, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a sack Sunday afternoon as the No. 7 Red Ravens blitzed Independence 86-0 in the first round of the Kansas Jayhawk Conference Community College playoffs.
"We just came out and took care of our business," Moore said. "We kind of overmatched them and knew if we just took care of our assignments that things would go pretty easily. We did and the score just kept going up. It's going to be a lot different from here on out."
Indeed it will get tougher next week as Coffeyville (8-1) hosts Hutchinson (6-3) in a 1:30 p.m. semifinal game on Sunday in a matchup featuring two of the nation's top juco linebackers in Moore and Hutchinson's David Dixon (6-2, 235).
The Red Ravens won the first matchup between the two this season 27-20 back on Sept. 18 will come into this showdown off a 65-0 whipping of Highland on Sunday.
"We beat them the last night and it was a close game," Moore said. "They have been talking about how they should have won. I guess we are going to have to go out and prove a point. But to do so, we will have to come out prepared. From here on out, it's big-time football each week."
No. 1 Butler, the only team to beat Coffeyville (31-29) this season, will battle Garden City in the other semifinal with the winners then playing for the KJCCC title the following Sunday. The winner of that will then host the Dalton Defenders bowl against an invited foe.
Arkansas is the leader in the clubhouse to sign him according to Moore, who will be able to go through spring practice at the school he signs.
"Definitely Arkansas is up at the top of my list and Kansas State is number two," Moore said. "I'm also thinking about LSU, Colorado and Nebraska. I have a lot of good schools and a big choice to make. Arkansas has been there for a long time and showed me a lot of love and I like that."
Moore, who played his prep football at Thibedaux, La., will begin taking his visits when the season ends, but he hopes that's at the end of November.
"I haven't been to any of the places except for LSU when I was in high school," Moore said. "When our season is over then I will start taking some visits and make my choice."
Moore has been a leader for his team's defense this season according to Coffeyville head coach Jeff Leiker.
"He is a such a good athlete and even though it was a mismatch you could see what he is capable of doing going sideline to sideline and making plays," Coach Leiker said. "He's also got the frame to put on another 10 to 15 pounds and keep his speed and really be a great one for somebody on the next level.
"He can run, he can chase the play and because he's a very physical player he can make you aware of when he gets there," Leiker adds. "He means business out there. That's what he brings to the table.
Leiker said Arkansas sees Moore as the same type player as a former Razorback.
"Arkansas has compared him to Gavin Walls, one of our players that ended up at Arkansas," Leiker said. "He is not overly big, but he is a versatile guy and is a big-time player on special teams, too. "
Moore has been happy with his development this season.
"I think I have had a great year and contributed a lot," Moore said. "I've tried to be a leader and make every play I can. I line up all over the place - linebacker, defensive end, coming from every angle - to try and make a play."
Former USA Today All-American Brandon Jacobs (6-4, 260), who played at Auburn in 2003 and is now playing at 1-AA Southern Illinois, turned Moore onto Coffeyville, where he rushed for 1,899 yards as a sophomore for the Red Ravens.
"One of my long-time friends Brandon Jacobs came here and had a lot of success and really enjoyed himself," Moore said. "He recommended me to the coaches and recommended the school to me. They gave him a chance and he made the most of it and that is what I am trying to do."
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Former Fayetteville High standout and 2005 Arkansas signee Woody Wilson is redshirting this season and has the inside track to be next season's starting quarterback for the Red Ravens.
"We kind of have some thoughts about him being our quarterback next year," Leiker said. "He had a great fall and is doing some scout team stuff for us this fall. He'll go through spring ball and get every chance. He brings that different element of a runner and a passer to the table. He's just a great kid as well."
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