"We beat Eupora last Friday," added the soft spoken Kailo Moore when asked how his football season was going. "I had 169 yards rushing and a a couple of touchdowns. We play Coahoma County in the third round this Friday. We are all just really excited about where we are right now as a team."
This season he has rushed for 2, 064 yards and 30 TD's for West Bolivar.
"Last year I was a real young running back with no vision but this year I have gotten faster, and I have quicker vision. Last year in our opening game I broke my collarbone and was out the whole regular season. I came back in the playoffs and then I twisted my ankle pretty bad, but it started getting better and better as we got deeper in the playoffs. I had over 500 rushing yards and 9 TD's in last year's playoff games and that just set me up for the season I am having this year. We made it to the North Half (in Class 2A) last year and got put out by Ackerman, but this year we feel like we have the experience to get us to Jackson."
Moore is not only a big time football player for West Bolivar, but he is also the state's top track performer. His personal best is 10.36 in the 100 meter and 21.14 in the 200 meter events. To give you an idea of fast that exactly is; Usain Bolta owns the world record in the 200 meter event at 19.19 seconds. Moore has won State in the 100 meter race in back-to-back years in Class 2A. Kailo was given the most prestigious award in high school track and field when he was named the country's fastest 16/17 year old for his own-the-track accomplishments.
"My confidence in football is built from my speed, and my speed is built from what I do on the track. They really go together for me. Like this season's success all started out this summer in track. I got my time down to a 10.36 and did really well in the Jr. Olympics. I won State again in the100. I ran a 10.60 but it was raining so my time was off a little bit. People ask me what my first love is all of the time, and I will tell you like I tell everyone else, I only run track to make me faster in football. Last year I got a lot faster and track helped my footwork which makes me quicker on the football field. I picked up ten pounds in the off-season too. I started lifting weights for the first time. That also helped me get faster so when I started out this season, I knew this was going to be a good season because I was healthy, stronger, and faster with better footwork. How was it not going to be a big year for me? But then we start out our season and we lose our first two games. I was like, you have got to be kidding me, and we have not lost since. I really think we are going to make it to State (in football) this year. I can just feel it."
Moore broke on to the football scene on only his 8th grade season when he was moved up to varsity ball.
"That kind of set the tempo for me, really. I took over the starting position the last two games of the regular season and rushed for 780 yards and 12 TD's in those two games and the first two games of the playoffs. Three of the games I ran for over 200 yards and scored some touchdowns so everybody kind of starting looking my way to lead us from there on."
What is the next step for this high school phnom?
"I just want to lead my team to some state titles in football and track and get my weight up to about 195 so I can take those licks in college. I need to get my weight up and hit the weights hard this off-season I just started lifting again three weeks ago but I am not maxing out or anything. I do not want to risk anything for the playoffs but I am feeling stronger."
Moore's family is no stranger to the game of football as his granddad, Freddie Williams, was a star tailback at Ole Miss in the 1980's.
"I grew up watching my granddad's film while he was at Ole Miss. I just always wanted that to be me one day. I always wanted to run that ball in the SEC one day and hopefully I will get that opportunity when my time comes."
That should be no problem as his grandfather's school gave Kailo a verbal offer during his freshman season.
"Coach (Derrick) Nix told me that when the time comes I will have a scholarship at Ole Miss. He said they could not send me a formal scholarship until my senior year but that I had a spot. That kind of took all of the pressure off of me. Everything is gravy after you get your first one. I got my second offer about five games ago. Coach (Tony) Hughes (at MSU) told me the same thing. He said I have a spot and for me to stay humble, focused, and keep my grades up."
It is so early to talk recruiting but Moore had this to say about where he stands right now.
"I have been around Ole Miss for a long time because of my grandfather. I grew up going to Ole Miss games, and they really opened my eyes because I always wanted to fill his shoes one day and carry on that tradition at Ole Miss but MSU started opening my eyes too. And I like Alabama too because I like how they run that ball. Those three schools are the main ones I want to go to. I do not want to leave LSU out. I have always liked them since I was a little kid."
Both instate programs have somebody he is familiar with around their school.
"My girlfriend runs track at Ole Miss so I am up there all of the time. Her name is Ryan Flore. And then MSU has a player on their team that I ran track against. His name is LaDarius Perkins. He's from up the road in Greenville. We are real cool and he tells me to come check them out. I also see that they got a Florida coach so I know he must be a good coach."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org