Sack attack: Trojan has knack for getting to quarterback


Center Grove junior defensive end Dillon Dallas, right, shown during a game against visiting Carmel this season, is Johnson County's sacks leader. He has 13 heading into Friday night's Class 5A semistate game against No. 1 Lawrence Central. FILE PHOTO

Dillon Dallas was enjoying a brief holiday break as a third-grader when he persuaded his mother, Sheri, to drive him to Indiana University so that he could gaze starry-eyed at the school’s football trophies.

Center Grove football coach Eric Moore happened to be on campus that day learn­ing a new strategy or two from some of the Hoosiers’ coaches when word got back to him about Dallas. Even then Moore found himself marveling at the enthusiasm the young man had for the sport. Dallas’ dad marvels, too.

“Dillon has been a football fanatic his whole life,” said his father, Dave. “He still watches that Carmel film from last season one or two times a week, usually before games. I think he watches it for motivation.”

The Greyhounds’ come-from-behind 21-17 victory in last year’s Class 5A semistate remains a tender spot for many within Moore’s program. Dillon Dallas, who estimates he’s watched the film from opening kickoff to final buzzer no less than 100 times since last November, appears unrivaled in this department.

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