Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gateway QB 'Managing' Just Fine

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gateway QB 'Managing' Just Fine

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It was well known before the season began that Gateway would have a terrific group of receivers, but a big factor in how successful this team would become hinged on the play of its first-year starting quarterback.

For the Gators, it's been a case of the Moore, the merrier.

Jimmy Moore hasn't been a "game manager" for Gateway. Instead, at times, he's been a game changer.

Moore, a senior, is second in WPIAL Class AAAA in passing. He's completed 83 of 155 passes for 1,235 yards and 13 touchdowns. Moore has helped Gateway to a 6-0 record (5-0 in the Foothills Conference) and a No. 3 ranking by the Post-Gazette.

It's been awhile since Gateway had a one-year starter at quarterback. The Gators' previous two quarterbacks -- Rob Kalkstein and Thomas Woodson -- started for four and three years, respectively.

Moore has been especially impressive lately, throwing for three touchdowns in each of the past two games.

"He just keeps on getting better each week," first-year Gateway coach Donnie Militzer said. "He's a first-year starter, but he's been around football for a long time. He's just tough as nails. Nothing rattles him."

Moore's coolness under pressure was on display in Gateway's come- from-behind win against Hempfield Area two weeks ago. With Gateway trailing by two points in the closing minutes, Moore led the Gators on the winning touchdown drive that covered 80 yards in 1:21 and culminated with his 7-yard touchdown toss to Delvon Randall with 39 seconds left.

"[Moore] was huge," Militzer said. "He was cool, calm and collected. He threw four perfect balls. I've told him that with the talented receivers he has, he just has to put the ball in a position where they can make a play."

The Gators have arguably the best cast of receivers in the WPIAL with Randall, Montae Nicholson, Ricky Rogers and Anthony Davis. All four are Division I-bound. Randall (four), Nicholson (three), Rogers (three) and Davis (three) have been on the receiving end of all of Moore's touchdown passes.

Last week, Gateway ended North Allegheny's 23-game home winning streak by edging the Tigers, 35-32. Moore threw touchdown passes of 32 yards to Randall, 47 yards to Davis and 63 yards to Nicholson. …

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