Hilton Moseby a Difference Maker for Rams D
By MIKE MOGUIN
GTR Sports Writer
IMPACT PLAYER: Owasso senior defensive tackle Hilton Moseby was a key factor in the Rams’ 2017 championship run. Although the start of 2018 has been hindered by injury and early losses, Moseby is confident the team will go on a run and finish the season strong.
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Among Owasso’s most impactful players on defense is tackle Hilton Moseby, a 6-2, 250-pound senior.
Moseby is back in the Rams’ lineup after sitting out a few games due to an injury which occurred in the second game of the season against Fayetteville (Ark.)
“I was getting double-teamed and the running back came to my side,” he said. “The tackler slid into the right side of my knee and buckled my knee down and injured my and meniscus.”
Eventually, Moseby’s knee healed and he returned against Union on Sept. 21.
Moseby is not someone who relishes the spotlight.
“I’ve kind of been like a lone wolf, as people would say, all my life; just doing my own thing,” he said. “But, when the time comes for me to step up and be a leader, I’m there to do it.”
Having played the game since first grade, Moseby has also played center, linebacker and tight end. What he likes about football is the aspect of being physical.
“I got three brothers, one younger and two older. We’ve always been rough with each other, being physical. So, I like that part,” Moseby said.
His two older brothers played linebacker. Younger brother Hudson, a freshman, is playing left tackle.
What Moseby likes about playing defensive line is being intense.
“You can’t be soft on the front line,” he said. “It’s where every play starts. If you don’t get a good push, or if you don’t do your job, you can bust the whole play and it won’t work.”
When it comes to favorites, Moseby loves J.J. Watt, a defensive end with the Houston Texans.
“He’s not at my position, but I love how physical and rough he is when he’s on the field,” Moseby said. “I also love Mike Daniels from the Green Bay Packers.”
Watts’ team, the Texans, are also a favorite of Moseby’s.
So far, the last play of the championship game last year is his favorite high school memory. That came when teammate Dawson made an end zone game-clinching interception that secured a 21-14 victory for Owasso against Union and the 6AI title.
“I know I’m not the one who saved the game, but it can’t be better than that,” Moseby said.
At this point, there are no college plans for Moseby. But, he is open for options.
“I’m just kind of going with whatever happens, honestly,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I’m pursuing getting recruited. But, I’m not veering away from getting recruited.”
Moseby also competes at 220 pounds for the Rams’ wrestling team. He was happy when teammate J.D. Johnson won state at 182 pounds last winter.
“It was awesome,” Moseby said. “We hadn’t had a wrestler win state in a long time. So, it was awesome to see one of my buddies win something big for Owasso.”
Owasso won its opener, 56-40, against Bentonville (Ark.), but lost to Fayetteville (Ark.), 45-31, the game which Moseby incurred his injury. Losses to rivals Broken Arrow (47-20) and Union (21-0) followed. That dropped the Rams to 1-3 overall. The loss to Union was its District 6AI-2 opener, making it 0-1 in that category.
However, the Rams are capable of a turnaround.
“I definitely think we will, whenever we all get healthy,” Moseby said. “I think these (three) losses have opened our eyes to some extent. I think we’re about to go on a run for sure.”
As of submission of this story, the Rams were preparing for a game at home against Edmond North (Sept. 28). On the latter half of their schedule, they travel to Norman North (Oct. 4), host Southmoore (Oct. 12), Mustang (Oct. 18) and play last two regular season game on the road against Moore (Oct. 26) and Putnam City North (Nov. 2).