The Freeport Bulldogs are looking to build off a Class 1A Regional Final Appearance, and a key part to that success is quarterback Gabe Moore, who's name is now known worldwide, and not because of his work on the gridiron.
Moore returned home from Ukraine last week as the 6th place finisher in the Octathlon at the World Youth Championships. News 13 caught up with Moore Thursday morning in Freeport, who may be fresh off that 6th place finish, but is back to focusing on football.
He said he was introduced to the Octathlon by his PE coach in middle school, and spend two to three hours a day training. All that training paid off as Moore finished first at the World Youth Trials in June, which earned him a spot on the US Team for the Championships in Ukraine, which he said was one of the best experiences of his life.
"It's a lot of fun because you get to talk to the other countries, and people doing different events," Moore said on Thursday. "We were trading our jerseys to remember how we came over there and met all the countries. It feels awesome representing a little time that isn't even on the map hardly. The support is crazy here and people are cheering me on and watching me online. A bunch of people were watching me online at two in the morning because of the time difference. The support definitely helps me out. I love everybody here and I couldn't have made it without them."
Moore added that training so much for the Octathlon has only made him a better football player, and the response from Division I football teams show, as Moore as several teams, including Florida State, interested in him.