Ballou junior offensive lineman Levon Livingston and sophomore wide receiver Delontae Moore have been invited to January’s U.S. Army National Combine, which will feature a collection of the country’s top underclassmen football talents as part of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Livingston and Moore become the first Knights players to earn an invite to event since 2006, when former star defensive tackle Marvin Austin attended the festivities before going on to play at North Carolina. The invitions represent another step forward for the young Ballou football team, said Coach Jason Lane, who coached his team to a 6-6 record this season and an appearance in the DCIAA Stars Division playoffs.
“It’s a nationally known game, with a great history. The history of the players that came through this game, 90 percent of them are guys that became professional football players,” Lane said. “It’s an honor to have two guys invited to this combine.”
A major reason for that success was the emergence of the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Livingston, a second-team All-Met selection who was a force on both sides of ball. He started the year in a blaze, recording 10.5 sacks in the first four games (he finished with 19.5), and eventually settled into his role as a the backbone of a young offensive line. Ballou had just eight seniors on the entire team this season, but gave eventual DCIAA Stars and DCSAA AA champ H.D. Woodson the closest game of the Warriors’ postseason run.
Livingston, who took an unofficial visit to Penn State in October, has garnered interest from Georgia, Clemson and Tennessee.
The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Moore dealt with injuries for much of his sophomore campaign, missing several games during the middle of the season. He still led the team in receiving, though, catching 14 passes for 343 yards and five touchdowns. Regarded as one of the fastest, most talented young players in the city, Moore broke through on the recruiting front last spring, earning a scholarship offer from Clemson. The trip to the Alamodome in January should bring more exposure, he said.
“I was very blessed, but mostly surprised, shocked,” Moore said of being selected. “I think it’s going to bring the intensity and the competition from the combine back to my school.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 149
The number of touchdowns Briar Woods quarterback Trace McSorley scored in his four-year career at the school, including 111 passing. The Falcons lost in the Virginia 5A state championship to L.C. Byrd Saturday, 35-28, ending their run of three straight state titles.
– The 2013 Fall All-Mets have arrived. See who made the first, second and honorable mention teams in football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross-country.
– Here’s a moving and important story by the Post’s Brandon Parker about the toll concussions have taken on the career of former Stone Bridge football standout Spenser Rositano.
– Centreville ignored the naysayers and turned in a dominant performance against mighty Oscar Smith in Saturday’s Virginia 6A state championship win.
– Caroline Alcorta, the 2013 All-Met girls’ cross-country Athlete of the Year, took her act across the country this weekend to Foot Locker nationals. Here’s how she fared.
– Saturday was filled with marquee basketball showdowns, including Paul VI and Montrose Christian, a high-wire affair that featured plenty of memorable moments.
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