Posted: 11:24 pm Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Lake Worth’s offense in a hurry to score points 

By Matt Porter

Lake Worth’s spread offense is rolling. It has one of the area’s best all-purpose quarterbacks, four solid wideouts, and a speedy running back. The only thing that can slow it down, it seems, is the men who move the sticks.

“If the chain crew speeds up a little, we’d be even faster,” coach Errick Lowe said.

This spring, Lowe installed a hurry-up offense. After a hard summer of running, the Trojans run hard every day at practice. On Friday nights, they run every play without a huddle, trying to leave their opponents gasping for air.

“You have to be in great shape to deal with it,” Lowe said. “Coaches have to do a great job of subbing in on defense. Our defense practices against us every day, and it’s a challenge for them.”

“We run it every play, every formation. It doesn’t matter,” Lowe said. “It works. We practice it every day. We get better and better each week with it.”

The work is paying off. Through four games, Lake Worth (3-1) is the area’s highest-scoring team (163 points) and has 1,296 yards of total offense, second only to Park Vista among large schools.

The Trojans face struggling Spanish River (0-4) Friday night.

Junior quarterback Evan Moore is the key. Last season, he threw for 1684 yards and 12 TDs. Through four games this year, the junior has passed for 395 yards and 7 touchdowns, and has rushed for 293 yards and 3 TDs.

A three-year starter, Moore ran things out of the huddle his first two seasons. Now, throwing out of the hurry-up spread, he has little time to think. Just read, react, and go, go, go.

“It keeps you on the balls of your feet,” Moore said. “We have great conditioning here, and we want to test the other team and get them tired.”

Junior receiver Bernard Davis, sophomore Richard Seraphin and seniors Travis Meeks and John Sullivan are the main targets. The Trojans throw-to-run with talented senior running back Jerry Michel.

Moore’s ability to lead them is tested on the fly.

“Sometimes, if we get a little tired and ahead of ourselves, we might start thinking too much instead of just playing. We might make some mistakes. If that happens, I have to calm them down.”

As far as the future, Moore calmly puts one college first.

“South Carolina. Just because of the offense. And Steve Spurrier. I like him,” Moore said.

Moore’s father, Tal, said Spurrier gave Moore a verbal offer in the spring, before the NCAA changed its policy toward juniors. Players can no longer receive scholarship offers as juniors — Sept. 1 of their senior year is now the official date — but Moore has a big box of interest letters.

“I’ve got a lot. It’s been awesome,” Moore said, thinking aloud. “I’ve got a lot from Wake Forest, a lot from LSU, a lot from Nebraska. Miami, Pitt . . . there’s more . . . “

No South Carolina, yet?

“Not South Carolina. Got Florida State. Got some from Oregon, Michigan. That was a surprise.”

The Florida-born and -raised Moore said he wouldn’t prefer to move as far north as Michigan or far west as Oregon. He thinks Columbia, S.C. would be an ideal spot.

“I might go a little bit north of Florida,” he said. “Just a little bit.”

For now, he leads an offense that attacks from every direction. And at one speed — fast.