ALBRIGHT: Ty Moore has been just that … more… for the Williamstown football team

Ty Moore performed his running back gig well again Saturday night.

Williamstown walked out with a 45-10 rivalry victory over Parkersburg Catholic because of this performance.

What else is new?

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Crusaders came down with a touch of Yellowjacket fever.

Moore’s 198 yards gained and four touchdowns via his bruising style, especially late, stung the Crusaders.

You want big runs?

He had a few of those.

No scamper though impacted more than his first in the opening possession of the second half.

Sluggish starts have been a problem for the Yellowjackets, and the scenario surfaced again at PHS Stadium Field.

Catholic trailing just 17-14 after a Jeb Boice 3-yard touchdown run after Eric Brown muffed a punt in the first possession after halftime gave Lance Binegar’s group cause to be optimistic.

Moore erased this hope in one play.

His 63-yard scoring run piercing the heart of the PC defense moments later?

It revved up Williamstown’s offensive engine.

The beginning touchdown of 28 unanswered points easily led to an eighth straight win.

His performance was just the latest example of Moore’s growing importance to the Yellowjackets.

Donathan Taylor’s transfer to Parkersburg South could have left Terry Smith’s offense in a much worse position.

Taylor’s immense talent rightfully placed the senior as the returning featured back. His running ability is appealing to the coaches as they broke in new quarterback Brayden Modesitt and a still young offensive line. Experience behind Taylor shriveled up like a fig in the sun.

Moore has changed everything. The line and Modesitt continue to grow just as planned had Taylor received the handoffs.

This is one surprising seizure of the moment but not entirely an out-of-left-field development.

His presence around the program growing up as father Scott piloted the Yellowjacket offense? Those moments served as numerous opportunities to witness some of the Williamstown greats.

Ty pushing himself by the memories and motivations watching Matt Hendrickson, Anthony Yeagar, Michael Beck, Austin Raines and Trenton Tallman has led to good things.

“I always thought it would be cool to be one of those guys,” said Moore.

While he may not believe it yet, he is well on his way to being one of those guys.

“We have given him the ball and he has responded well,” said Smith, who watched his tailback up his amount of carries on the year to 197 and yardage increase to 1,426 stripes with 19 touchdowns.

Smith’s precognition stretched back to Ty’s freshman year when coach told pupil to be ready at fullback and tailback.

“He works really hard and anyone who works hard is going to be good,” Smith said Wednesday afternoon in his office. “It might be coaches speak but in the end that is the answer, you just have to go work hard and that has been the answer forever.”

Moore’s coming out party last year against Warren served as just the appetizer.

Spotlights shone brightly on the junior in his first start at tailback.

He hardly broke a sweat.

One magnificent display later Moore had bulldozed his way to 228 yards on the ground and four touchdowns in a 33-13 win over the Warriors.

If this flash hadn’t created a prime candidate for the vacant leading man role in the running game in 2019, something was wrong in northern Wood County. Jarrett Frazier ultimately slotted in, but silence was all anyone heard from Moore.

Preparation for his other roles as the fourth defensive back and third outside linebacker kept occupied his mind.

“I am just glad to be a part of the team and make an effort towards our team winning and being successful on the field,” said Moore.

Frazier’s season-ending injury a few weeks later, though, helped free up Moore’s thoughts.

His response to the opportunity has been so great the Yellowjacket coaching staff has the likely all-state running back focused on just running the pigskin.

“We cannot afford to get him banged up,” said Smith with a chuckle.

He did get banged up in the Marietta game, but is back on the mend with no cast.

And just one fumble to his name in almost 200 carries as it so happens. Which has led to further opportunities for the offense to improve the finer points of the game.

This is an area Moore takes more pride in than any of his accomplishments this season.

“The line (Leewood Molessa, Caden Tallman, Nick Bower, Brady Ankrom and Josh Ingram) is getting better and making blocks and opening up holes that anyone could run through and I am just the guy touching the ball and running through them,” said Moore. “And Nick Bondi, Eric Brown and Mason Deem have done a great job run blocking for me on the outside.”

Everything in motion has set the Yellowjackets up with a monster showdown with Doddridge County on their home turf on Friday night.

The running back matchup could steal the show: Moore versus 2018 Curt Warner Award winner Hunter America.

Neither are likely to get much of a breather in such a big game, but Moore is fine with this development.

“He never wants a series off and we probably won’t give it to him anyway,” said Smith.

Contact Joe Albright at jalbright@newsandsentinel.com.