The Gazette Preps 5A-4A football Peak Performer of the Year: David Moore III, Pine Creek

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David Moore III, Pine Creek

When you’ve made the state playoffs every year for the better part of a decade, and have a trophy case full of state championship hardware lining the gym corridors, the talent pool begins to fill up.

Pine Creek is no exception.

The Eagles, who are regularly ranked as one of the top teams in the state, have a roster stacked with football talent.

But if you watch any Pine Creek game from the last two years - there’s one jersey number that stands out from the rest - No. 2, David Moore III.

His spin-moves and quick feet are unmatched - unless of course you watched his father play at Southern Miss.

Moore is not sure how he learned to break tackles and spin out of tight spots, but he has a feeling it’s a family trait.

“I think it’s just genes,” Moore said. “My dad (David Moore II) was a good running back, and I think I just got it from him.”

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2017 Gazette Preps 5A-4A football All-Stars

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Moore’s success started early. Although only a freshman, Moore was vital in the Eagles’ 2016 state championship, as he rushed for 1,585 yards in his debut season for Pine Creek. He was the top freshman running back in the state - top 14 overall - averaging 10 yards per carry.

And he avoided the sophomore slump like a true champion.

David Moore III, a football player for Pine Creek, is a fall Peak Performer 2017 posed for a portrait at the Gazette studio on Saturday December 9, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette). 

Moore stormed back for the 2017 season putting up nearly 2,000 yards rushing, once again topping the class of 2020 - and ranking third overall.

“There was a lot of pressure because they were expecting more of me because of what I did my freshman year to help us win state,” Moore said. “But coach (Todd) Miller had trust in me, and if he had trust in me, then I believe that I could do it.”

But his talents don’t stop on the ground. In 2017 Moore emerged as another reliable receiving threat for Pine Creek, broadening the Eagles’ already threatening offense.

“I’ve gone to a few camps and played wide receiver because they had too many running backs,” Moore said. “So I developed that skill to catch and I would run the screen route when our primary receiver was getting covered.”

He had 134 receiving yards, which pushed him above 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2017.

Moore is just a piece of the talented class of 2020, not just at Pine Creek but around the Pikes Peak region.

“Hopefully this class will make people start looking at Colorado because everyone always underestimates our football,” Moore said. “I want lots of people to look over here because the class of 2020 is great.”

And if Moore’s success is any indication of what is to come for Colorado football, the future is bright.