Friends as foes: Center Grove coach faces former assistant

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Eric Moore can’t catch a break.

Center Grove’s football coach found himself in a somewhat uncomfortable position in 2009 and 2010, as both seasons the Trojans played Columbus East in its Class 5A sectional. This would be the same Olympians program where Tyson Moore, the eldest of the coach’s five children, was a starting offensive lineman.

The past two Octobers haven’t proved any easier from a personal standpoint.

When the Class 5A No. 6 Trojans travel tonight to Franklin for a sectional semifinal, Moore has to match strategies against one of his closest friends and former assistant coach, Grizzly Cubs head coach Brian Harbin.

“It’s hard. Brian was one of the first assistants I hired here, and he worked his way up from freshman coach to defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator,” said Moore, who’s in his 14th season at Center Grove. “It doesn’t make it fun.”

Center Grove opened its 2011 postseason run to the semistate with a 35-14 defeat of Franklin. Tonight’s rematch is a sectional semifinal, the defending champion Trojans (9-1) a decided favorite.

At the same time, it’s impossible to overlook the Grizzly Cubs’ momentum after they rallied to defeat Bloomington North last week 22-19 in the postseason-opener.

Franklin (4-6) entered the sectional having lost six of its previous seven games.

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