Spoto running back Eric Moate certainly looked fleet of foot in the Spartans’ opening week 38-0 victory over Riverview, rushing for 130 yards on 10 carries. Besides running track in the spring—he finished seventh in the boys 200 meters at last year’s 3A state finals meet — Moate uses another, albeit less pleasant, type of workout designed to maximize his potential: P90X.
Spoto assistant coach Lawrence Walker has given the popular workout, which combines weight training, cardio, plyometrics, martial arts and yoga, his own twist, calling his version “insanity” or “P90X on steroids,” coach Dale Caparaso said. Just the mere mention of the routine caused Moate, sitting in his coach’s office, to roll his eyes and collapse against the wall in mock exhaustion.
“It’s mainly a summer thing,” he said while munching on Doritos. “But we do it every now and then.”
Every now and then translated to “every day” of Spoto’s off week last week, Caparaso said. Many of the Spartans' new transfer players—four of which came from outside the state—had to ratchet up their practice intensity to get up to Caparaso's desired speed.
"The tempo is faster," said quarterback Jaylin Davis, who came from Leto. "It's a lot faster, and there are more athletes here."
Davis, Moate and the rest of what Caparaso called his “fastest team in his four years” will take on 2-0 Gibbs this Friday.