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Moore of the same for Union Football in 2017

Union High School senior wide receiver C.J. Moore enters his third year as a varsity starter in 2017. (KTUL)

It's the inherent question for any high school football team from year-to-year: Is it a season to rebuild or reload? For Union High School in 2017, head football coach Kirk Fridrich would like to think it's the latter.

"We've got some good returning leadership at just about every position," said Fridrich before practice Wednesday afternoon at Tuttle Stadium. "We're replacing a lot of guys, but at just about every position, there are guys that have been in the battle."

That includes No. 35 C.J. Moore. He's a senior wide receiver who's entering his third year as a varsity starter; providing experience, leadership, and some big play offense. Or as Fridrich put it, "Just a tremendous talent."

"[C.J.] has size, speed, [and] gifted with great hands. But to me it's just his leadership and how he goes about his work."

When asked about the prospect of added pressure now that Moore is a senior, "I don't feel like there's pressure," C.J. replied. "You know, I just do me. I just play ball."

And as of right now, the football journey won't end here for C.J. Moore. He's currently committed to play at Oklahoma State next fall. But before C.J. heads off to Stillwater next fall, he'd like to go out on top with another gold ball.

"You know, it's a dream come true," Moore said. "I've always wanted to play at OSU. I feel like once I get there I'm just going to dominate; do what I have to do to get my starting position."

"We're excited about having a chance to get back out and see if we can get a team together to get back to the championship game," said Fridrich.

Moore agreed. "There's obviously going to be a target on our back. But we're just going to continue to work hard."

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