One Moore time: Ripley’s Matt Moore suiting up for South Cardinals

Mark Martin
Ripley High School's Matt Moore (56) will be in uniform tomorrow (Saturday) for the South Cardinals as the WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic unfolds in South Charleston.

Matt Moore is a mature young man.

Mature beyond his years.

Moore has long been serious about all he undertakes, including classroom and athletic endeavors.

Moore was one of the best and brightest during his four-year stay at Ripley High School.

He treasured his time within the halls of RHS. He challenged himself on a daily basis.

At the Formal Awards ceremony late last month, Moore was honored with Ripley High School's prestigious Student of the Year Award.

He also was named the school’s top wrestler.

While at Ripley, he also excelled in football and was essentially a four-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines.

His work in football caught the eyes of Greenbrier East’s Ray Lee when Ripley opposed the Spartans.

So when it came time to picking this year’s South squad for the WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic, Lee, who is the Cardinal head coach, didn’t hesitate on choosing the talented Moore.

Defensively, Moore collected 93 tackles this season for the Vikings. In addition, he was a solid blocker up front on the offensive line opening holes for Kadin Hall, one of two South teammates (along with Quinton Joyner), and Joey Ramsey, who both rushed for over 700 yards.

When Moore got the call from Lee inviting him to be a part of the Classic, he was overwhelmed with happiness.

And now that he has been on the West Virginia State University campus this past week living and practicing for tomorrow’s (Saturday) game, his level of gratitude has soared.

The contest is set to start at 12:05 inside South Charleston's Black Eagles Stadium. It will air live on WCHS-TV (local ABC affiliate).

“Personally being able to play in this game means so much,” said Moore from a South practice session. “This is something I dreamed about for four plus years now and being able to be here means everything in the world to me.”

Moore loves being in the select company the North-South Classic offers.

“This is the best in the state playing on the same team and it’s an honor every high school senior dreams about being a part of while playing,” Moore said.

This opportunity of a lifetime is one Moore is getting to embrace with Hall and Joyner.

“It really proves how hard the three of us have worked,” he said. “We’re here to prove ourselves. We’re three of the best Ripley has to offer and it means a lot we got selected to be here. It’s just surreal.”

He loves representing Ripley in the North-South Classic. After all, Viking football is something that will always be near and dear to his heart.

“It (playing for Ripley) meant a whole lot because I’ve had family members in the past play for the Vikings (including his father and uncle),” he said. “It’s just the pride in our community and how it feels when our team is doing well. They are always there for us, whether winning or losing.”

Moore is bound for the University of Charleston this fall and plans to major in radiology.

“I’ll be in the hospitals starting this semester,” he said.

Moore is unsure if football is in the future. “I’m keeping that option open right now,” he said.

If the North-South Classic does prove to be his last time on the football field, it's not a bad way at all for his great career to end.

When Ripley was denied getting to compete in the playoffs due to COVID-19, Moore figured the Ravenswood game was his last wearing a Viking helmet. But the N-S Classic opportunity has provided one last chance.  

“Being here to represent Ripley,

that means a whole lot.”

And he has gotten to do so with two great teammates and friends.