• John Macon Gillespie

Moncrief Eating Like A King

If you want to catch a glimpse of junior Kris Moncrief of Raleigh High School on the sidelines on Friday nights in the fall, good luck. The 6-2, 215-pound athlete does not spend too much time during the games resting on the sideline.

As a sophomore, Moncrief rushed for 1,654 yards with 23 touchdowns. He also hauled in 12 passes. Six of those went for scores. Her also started at outside linebacker where he totaled 38 tackles with seven sacks.

Moncrief and the Lions stormed their way to a 10-3 season that ended in a heartbreaking playoof loss to West Marion. They are back on the grind this summer and their young star is leading the way.

“It’s going good right now,” Moncrief told SES Mississippi. “We are working out and getting ready for the season. I’ve definitely improved on my weight lifting and getting my speed better than what it was.”

Moncrief does a little bit of everything for the Lions, but says he has been told that his future could be at a position he has yet to try.

“We are in the Wing-T so I’m in the backfield and on defense I play outside linebacker,” Moncrief said. “I’ve been going to camps and they are telling me that I move like a tight end so I’ll probably go to college as that or an outside linebacker.”

A quick look at Moncrief’s film and the first thing that stands out is his physicality. He runs the football as if he is mad at the grass and anyone who gets in his way. When he attacks a ball carrier from his linebacker spot he explodes.

“I think of it as if they are in the way of me being able to feed my family,” Moncrief explained. “That thought pushes me to my limit.”

Those Moncrief’s love to eat.

Kris plays with a strong passion that oozes out on every snap. He says that drive comes from those closest to him.

“My family and my teammates are what drives me,” Moncrief said. “My family gives me so much support and my teammates push me in the weight room so I can handle things on the field.”

Kris admits that if it weren’t for his cousin, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief, and a few other close family members, he would probably not be playing football.

Family is the most important thing to Moncrief.

“I mean, we are all as one,” Moncrief expressed. “My great grandfather taught us how to love and respect one another and never split apart. He taught us right from wrong and to always remain humble.”

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