Kaden Moreau proving to be a key piece for Pinevile football, coach Bryant Bell
TIOGA – In order to build a winning culture, a team must build a foundation.
What better piece to do it than an offensive lineman.
Pineville senior Kaden Moreau is one of the players that Rebels coach Bryant Bell trusts to help them in District 2-5A.
“He’s a good leader,” Bell said. “He leads by example and occasionally, I’ve encouraged him to be more vocal. Obviously, he’s probably the best player on our team and we are happy to get in and run behind him – literally and figuratively.”
“It is amazing (having him on my side of the ball),” fellow senior offensive lineman Austin Myrick said. “I don’t have to worry about going against a big giant running at me.”
At an imposing 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, it is no secret that Moreau, who is fielding offers from Illinois State, Nicholls and Northwestern State, is a key to Pineville's success.
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During the Rebels’ 7-6 loss to Tioga on Friday night, they rushed for 184 yards on 4.3 yards per carry thanks to their imposing offensive line.
“(Kaden) and No. 60 (Ethan Clark) get your eye immediately,” Tioga coach Kevin Cook said. “You can’t take your eyes off them. They play the way you want offensive linemen to play. I think those two guys are great and they did a wonderful job tonight.”
To go along with his offers, Moreau earned a spot in December’s Gridiron Football All-Star Game to help his exposure with recruiting.
“It’s been going well,” Moreau said. “I’m still talking to some coaches. I’m just waiting (to make a decision) and whenever National Signing Day comes, we’ll see.”
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Pineville is 1-2 to start the season, but Moreau can already see the change taking place under Bell.
“Discipline is the No. 1 thing,” Moreau said. “Everybody’s cool, calm and collective and they just play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
Moreau is making sure that the Rebels are holding themselves accountable on and off the field and it has been apparent to his teammates.
“Kaden’s brought a lot of energy to the team,” Myrick said. “His leadership role has really spiked through when he came back from injury and you can tell the mentality on the entire O-Line changed.”