Moore, White fill key roles for Lake

1694 - Lake Forest fullback Amir White carries a handoff up the middle for a short gain before being stopped by Dover defenders Karim Beatty (left) and teammate Melvin Jackson.  Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

1694 – Lake Forest fullback Amir White carries a handoff up the middle for a short gain before being stopped by Dover defenders Karim Beatty (left) and teammate Melvin Jackson. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

FELTON — Ben Moore and Amir White had spent most of their careers at Lake Forest High stuck behind some star players.

But they are making a name for themselves in their senior season.

In their first year as starters, White has taken over for former All-Stater John Flamer at fullback while Moore has filled the shoes of D.J. Cornish as one of the Spartans’ running backs in their option-attack.

“Last year I watched a lot of the game from the sidelines,” Moore said. “I always want to be out there but it’s hard following guys like D.J. Cornish. This year, it’s changed. I’m getting a lot of touches and I love running the ball.”

Both Flamer and Cornish were key losses due to graduation from last year’s Lake Forest team that went undefeated in the regular season.

This year’s version of the Spartans, with White and Moore in the lineup, have gotten off to a 2-2 start entering Saturday’s homecoming contest against Henlopen Conference Southern Division rival Delmar at noon. Lake Forest started its conference season off on the right foot last Thursday with a 9-7 victory over Woodbridge.

Trevon Milton, who was a part of the Lake offense last season, had the lone touchdown for the Spartans in that game. When the Spartans needed a first down late to ice it, they turned to Moore who broke off a gain for more than 20 yards.

With Noah Feague-Johnson back at quarterback for his senior season, the Spartans offense hasn’t fell off much from last year despite the loss of Flamer and Cornish. Flamer is at Wesley College and Cornish is playing at Shepherd University.

White might lack some size compared to Flamer, but he’s had a successful start to the season with a couple of touchdowns.

“I’m not as big as John but I think I’m doing well,” White said. “Some people thought I couldn’t do it because I’m a little undersized but I cam out here, worked hard and I’m doing it.”

“Amir has done a good job filling in at fullback,” said Spartan coach Freddie Johnson. “If he’s aggressive, he can really make our offense go.

White also has an important role in the Spartan offense even when he doesn’t carry the ball. He often serves as the lead-blocker for guys like Moore.

“I’m willing to make the holes work anywhere so we can score touchdowns,” White said.

Moore brings some versatility to the Spartans.

He can line up in the backfield, as a split back or out wide at receiver. He’s the player Lake Forest wants be on the receiving end of tosses and pitches to get him out in space.

“He didn’t touch the ball at all last year,” Johnson said. “He’s showing that he is electric when he touches the ball.”

Every game has been close this year for the Spartans. Their last three contests have been decided by a total of four points.

“We’ve played against pretty tough competition in our scrimmages and our first couple of games,” Johnson said. “I’m hoping that we’re prepared for the Southern Division because we know those teams are tough.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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