Peak Performer of the Week: David Moore III, Pine Creek football

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Photo - Pine Creek football player David Moore IIIis the Gazette's Peak Performer of the Week. He was photographed at the school MOnday, December 5, 2016. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Pine Creek football player David Moore IIIis the Gazette's Peak Performer of the Week. He was photographed at the school MOnday, December 5, 2016. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

It's too easy to paint Pine Creek freshman running back David Moore III as the smallest guy on the team, who made believers of his older teammates in a scrimmage before the season with long touchdown that seemed to be flung out of a slingshot.

That happened too, but Moore, the Gazette's Peak Performer of the Week, proved he's no one-hit wonder.

His rise to the starting role on a varsity program that rarely plays freshmen, let alone leans on them, is the kind that makes you root for the 'little guy.' But Moore, weighing just 155, showed he's no typical underdog, exuding all the tools of a football player destined for bigger things.

"He's no one like I've ever played with," senior quarterback Brock Domann said. "He's definitely a once-in-a-decade-type player."

Moore, better known as DM3 on the field, rushed for 201 yards on 23 carries and exploded for a 73-yard score, helping lead the Eagles to a 36-14 win over Broomfield at Mile High for their third state title in four years.

DM3 finished his debut season with 1,585 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. His average of 10 yards a carry, meanwhile, was the second-best mark among 1,000-yard rushers in the state.

"He's a warrior," coach Todd Miller told the Gazette Saturday. "And I got him another three years."

Moore, with his superior ability to slip tackles or speed away from them, is already one of the premiere backs out of the 2020 class.

Before high school Moore won three straight state and regional championships on a traveling club team, his father David Moore Jr. said. And in February, DM3 was the MVP at the U.S. Under-15 International Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

He, of course, still had a lot to prove once he arrived at Pine Creek, a program aching for a state title after falling short the year before.

"We started talking around and people said that 'No freshman is good enough to play varsity on Pine Creek,'" Moore Jr. said. "'You can go to another school and play varsity football, but not Pine Creek.

"So when he got on that football field and (players) were like 'Whoa, we can't catch this kid.' It was one of things like, 'Wow, maybe he is ready.'"

DM3, whose NCSA recruiting page says he has ran the 100-meter dash in 11.13 and the 40-yard dash in 4.48, showcased that blazing speed throughout the year.

He also answered the question whether he could withstand more-punishing hits with seven straight 100-yard games on the ground to end the season.

Asked when he knew he could have this kind success, the mild-mannered 15-year-old pointed to a play from a three-team scrimmage against Legend and Doherty in July.

It was a counter run, and Moore's small stature allowed him to hide behind his offensive line. When he emerged out of the scrum, he made a sharp cut and raced into the end zone for 75 yards.

"When I broke that long run I had a great feeling about the season," he said.

He was right.