John Sullivan and Evan Moore provide potent duo for Lake Worth
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
by Jeff Greer
Growing up, Lake Worth senior receiver John Sullivan always had a throwing partner.
Sullivan tossed the football around with his brother, Eddie, every day - even on Sundays.
That ended this fall when Eddie left home to play quarterback at Marshall University in West Virginia.
With his brother gone, John Sullivan now has a favorite catch-and-throw partner in standout Lake Worth junior quarterback Evan Moore. The switch has paid off well for Sullivan, who is second among all receivers in the area with 619 yards.
"He's got that football IQ," Moore said of Sullivan. "He just knows how to get open."
Of course it helps that Moore, who has 1,576 passing yards, is the top big-schools quarterback and ninth-ranked Lake Worth (8-1) has the No. 1 offense among big schools, averaging 416 yards per game. The Trojans are second in scoring, averaging 42.6 points per game.
Moore and Sullivan are complemented by the emergence of receiver Bernard Davis, who lines up on the opposite side of Sullivan. Davis has 28 receptions, one more than Sullivan, for 439 yards.
Davis forces defenses to adjust their secondaries, and running back Jerry Michel (934 rushing yards, seven touchdowns) keeps the linebackers honest.
"(Davis and Sullivan) on the same side would be awesome," Sullivan joked. "And the more Jerry runs, the more things open up for the receivers."
For Moore, the connection with his leading receiver was natural. Lake Worth runs a spread offense predicated on fast routes and quick-release passes, and Sullivan always seems to be open.
"We want to get the ball into their hands as quickly as possible," coach Errick Lowe said. "John just makes plays."
Moore and Sullivan have keyed the Trojans to their first district championship in 24 years.
"Those guys are gym rats; they're always around," Lowe said. "They want to get an edge any way they can."