Moore Headed To Senior Bowl, WHS Hires 2 New Coaches.... (2018-11-14 17:51:52)

Jalin Moore is invited to the Senior Bowl, and the Watauga High athletic department announces two new hires, plus have some sports cancellations to pass along. All that by clicking on the link below....

by Joey Jones

Moore First to Accept Senior Bowl Invite

BOONE, N.C. — Recognizing his talent and hard work, the Reese's Senior Bowl announced Appalachian State running back Jalin Moore as the first player to officially accept an invitation.

The prestigious all-star game held Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala., will cap a week in which the top seniors in college football compete and work out in front of NFL personnel. Labeled by many as the top NFL prospect in the Sun Belt Conference, Moore increased his career totals to 3,570 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns before he suffered a season-ending ankle fracture and dislocation Oct. 9.

The injury occurred at the end of a 27-yard touchdown run in which Moore, whose ability to squat 650 pounds helped put him at No. 1 among running backs on's list of the most "freakish athletes" in college football, pulled a defender on his back for the final 10 yards. The timetable for his recovery was set at eight to 12 weeks.

"The way Jalin Moore is attacking the rehab process in order to come back and play in the Senior Bowl needs to be commended, which is why he is our first official accepted invite," Reese's Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy said. "NFL decision-makers are looking for gritty and resilient competitors that love football, and Jalin is proving he has all those qualities. We look forward to seeing him in Mobile."

Moore had four games with at least 235 rushing yards for App State and entered his senior year with consecutive seasons of more than 1,000 rushing yards. At the time of his injury, he ranked No. 2 among active FBS players in career rushing yards.

His abbreviated senior season included two-touchdown performances in which he rushed for 119 yards on eight carries against Gardner-Webb and 123 yards on 19 carries against South Alabama. He scored on a career-long run of 81 yards in the Gardner-Webb game and had a career-high five catches in the overtime loss at Penn State, where he broke two tackles on a go-ahead, 16-yard touchdown with 1:47 left in regulation.

The leadership and maturity that led to Moore being a two-time team captain have been on display since he was injured last month.

"I've got so many bright things ahead of me," Moore said earlier this month, after having his cast removed. "I don't care if it was the worst injury ever, I've got faith that I'm going to be better than what I used to be."


Watauga High Athletic Director Dustin Kerley has announced that the school has hired two new coaches for girl's Soccer and girl's Lacrosse.

Gabrielle (Gabby) Knight is the new lacrosse coach. Knight is currently a junior at Appalachian State University. She graduated from Watauga and served as an assistant coach with the lacrosse program last year.

For soccer WHS has hired Chris Tarnowski as head coach. Tarnowski is a graduate of Murphy High School, and App Stae. He is currently an English Teacher at WHS. He has served in multiple coaching roles at WHS last year, and this year within our football program and girl's soccer program. He is currently an assistant football coach, working with the kickers and serving as the school's academic adviser. Last year he was an assistant coach for the girl's soccer team.


The girl's basketball scrimmage vs North Wilkes tonight has been postponed.

The boy's basketball scrimmage at East Wilkes tonight has been postponed.

Also, all athletic practices today must be finished at 6:00PM or earlier.

Photo Courtesy: Jalin Moore, App State Sports