Countdown to Kickoff 2012: Tigers pin hopes on Moody

It’s more than just a bad pun to call the Conway High offense Moody. It’s also completely accurate.

Senior signal-caller Mykal Moody accounted for more than 3,000 combined rushing and passing yards and 42 total touchdowns in 2011, and the Tigers are firing on all cylinders when he’s behind center.

But the fourth-year starter has had injury issues over his high school career, including a broken collarbone at a quarterback camp this summer and a leg injury that cost him almost his entire sophomore season.

How healthy Moody stays will go a long way toward deciding how well – and how long – Conway plays. A solid but shallow offensive line unit will play a major role in that key to Conway’s season.

“Our starting offensive line is young but they are coming together,” said Conway coach Chuck Jordan. “But if we have any injuries I don’t know where we’re going to get any more guys to block.”

If the O-line came deliver, Conway has the weapons to be a deep playoff threat. In addition to the multi-talented Moody, the Tigers have some offensive weapons at their disposal.

Running backs Tyreke Phillips and Jaquil Crosland are vital cogs to keeping the pressure off Moody, and wide receivers Malcolm Green and Sawyer Jordan are nice targets down the field.

Conway is sure to put up some points on offense, but defense will be the determining factor in whether those scores are enough to equate to victories. The Tigers are solid up front but thin in the secondary.

Senior linebacker Jacob Moreland returns as the Tigers’ top tackler in 2011. He anchors a “light in the butt” linebacking corps that must try to keep opponents from getting loose in the young secondary.

Put it all together and the Tigers are hopeful for their first playoff victory of the Moody era. Last year’s 8-4 squad lost in the first round, but a healthy Moody and a maturing team looks to take it to the next level.

Conway opens the season Friday night when Georgetown visits The Backyard for a 7:30 kickoff. It’s a tuneup to a string of tough non-region foes that include Northwestern, Rock Hill, Marlboro County and Myrtle Beach.

Photo courtesy of Chuck Silvey

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