Football friends headed to rival colleges

FELTON — On many plays last fall, Ben Moore was behind quarterback Noah Feague-Johnson all the way.

In Lake Forest’s option offense, the senior running back was always ready to receive a pitch from his teammate if the situation called for it or maybe later throw a block for him downfield.

Together the duo played a large role in the Spartans’ second straight Henlopen South championship and Division II state tournament berth.

But while they remain good friends now that their high school careers have finished, Moore had some “fightin’ words” for Feague-Johnson last month at Lake Forest High when they each inked their own Letter of Intent to play football at the next level.

Having spent several seasons as the quarterback at Lake Forest High, Noah Feague-Johnson recently inked his Letter of Intent to play the position at Salisbury University.  (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

Having spent several seasons as the quarterback at Lake Forest High, Noah Feague-Johnson recently inked his Letter of Intent to play the position at Salisbury University. (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

“You better strap up that helmet, because I’m coming after you,” Moore said with a laugh when asked what he might be saying to Feague-Johnson on the football field in the future.

Reason being is the two signed to play football at Division III rival colleges. Moore will head north of Felton to Wesley College to begin the next stage of his career, while Feague-Johnson signed on with Salisbury University.

“We won’t take it easy on each other,” Feague-Johnson countered. “We’ll get down to business. It should be fun though.”

Luckily for their friendship, both players are being recruited for offensive positions – Moore as a receiver, Feague-Johnson at quarterback.

Salisbury seemed like the right fit for Feague-Johnson for multiple reasons.

Chief amongst them is the Sea Gulls’ offense, which is very similar to the one he ran at Lake Forest the last several seasons.

“It was a hard decision, but Salisbury was the first college to recruit me for football,” said Feague-Johnson, who will study nursing at SU. “The offense we run (at Lake Forest) is very rare. Not a lot of colleges have it, but Salisbury does.”

A Division III power over the last several years, it was Wesley’s coaching staff and location that convinced Moore the school was his right choice. Former Lake standout Mike Sabino also plays at Wesley, which Moore said will help with the transition from high school to college athletics.

“I know the coaches personally, and it’s a really good staff, team and program,” said Moore, who will study exercise science at Wesley. “It’s not far, so I’ll still have all the support.”

Through their four years with the Lake Forest football team, both soon-to-be graduates made a lot of memories on the field and off.

Each is part of arguably the most accomplished senior class at Lake Forest in nearly two decades. Through their four seasons, Lake Forest went 29-13.

After his breakout season as a running back at Lake Forest High, Ben Moore recently signed his Letter of Intent to join the football team at Wesley College as a receiver/special teams player.  (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

After his breakout season as a running back at Lake Forest High, Ben Moore recently signed his Letter of Intent to join the football team at Wesley College as a receiver/special teams player. (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

“Football’s been awesome,” Moore said. “Being here, it’s a good environment. We’ve had the motto all four years, ‘one team, one family.’ And that’s exactly what we are. We try to help each other out on and off the field.”

“We accomplished a lot,” Feague-Johnson added. “Before Lake Forest was kind of average. I think we took the program on an upswing.”

One thing is for certain, the talents of each athlete will be missed by Lake Forest head football coach Freddie Johnson.

Even so, the day was a special one for Johnson, not only because two of his football players had secured a future playing the sport in college but also because one of them is his son.

“I’m very proud of Ben,” Johnson said. “He’s done a great job staying the course, and I’m very excited for him. He’s going to do very well at Wesley College on the football field and in the classroom.

“I remember when I first gave him a football,” Johnson added about his son Noah. “It seems like just yesterday we were playing catch and now he’s getting to do something he’s always dreamed of doing. Salisbury’s a perfect fit for him.”

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