As someone who implements an offense that emphasizes running the football, Eric Moore isn’t known for going deep.
Not so the case when the topic swings to able bodies. It’s here Center Grove’s head football coach since 1999 has been able to journey deeper than most, his Options B and C in many cases barely a step down from Option A.
The injury bug bit Moore’s program hard this season, with many of the Trojans’ Week 1 starters forced to sit out no less than one game.
Yet here they are, 11-1, ranked sixth in Class 5A and two victories from Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the state championship game the night of Nov. 24.
They host No. 3 Castle (12-0) in today’s 8 p.m. regional title game.
“There have been key games like the Ben Davis and North Central games where we’ve used almost 40 kids,” Moore said. “With injuries and kids subbing in for other kids, we’ve probably had 20 different starters on defense this season, and 18 on offense.
“This year the big difference is the depth has had to play, and the depth is talented enough to play.”
Injuries have been most noticeable in the offensive backfield. Fortunately for the Trojans, it’s here they are deepest.