by: Shawn Clynch
Can you believe it has been a year since Hurricane Rita made landfall on the mouth of Sabine River on the Texas/Louisiana River.
So much damage and devastation. Many lives were affected including high school athletes who had to transfer to new high schools in communties far away from home.
Jasper native Gilbert Moye was one of the many victims of Rita.
He and his family evacuated from Jasper to Lufkin and enrolled at Diboll High School where his aunt is a teacher.
As a sophomore at Jasper, Moye was the quarterback who led the Bulldogs to the 3A-I state title game vs Gilmer.
The University Interscholastic League ruled Moye ineligible because in the U.I.L.'s eyes Moye was transferring due to athletic reasons.
According to Moye his grandmother's home in Jasper where he lived was destroyed by Hurricane Rita.
The U.I.L. reviewed Moye's appeal and reportedly denied him because his residence was in Lufkin, not Diboll.
Throughout the 2005-2006 academic school year Moye was not able to participate in any of Diboll's varsity athletic teams.
Gilbert played on Diboll's junior varsity basketball team and is regarded as a blue-chip football talent in Texas.
One week from this Friday, Moye expects to be eligible to play for Diboll's football team against Liberty.
Gary Martel, Diboll's head football and athletic director, said "according to the date Gilbert enrolled at Diboll last year September 29th, he will fulfill the U.I.L. eligibility require of sitting out one year."
Moye has endured through the heartache and frustration of losing his home and being denied of playing the sports he loves.
When asked about this long process Moye said "it's something I have no control over, no one is at fault. I pray all the time because everyone deserves a 2nd chance."
It has been a long year and life is changing for the best for Moye. He said that he and his family just moved his grandmother into a new home in Jasper.
He added that he cannot wait for that Liberty game which is Diboll's homecoming. "I am anxious, I will be ready, I will give the fans what they paid to see."
Moye was recently named one of the 400-nominees to play in the United States Army All-American Bowl next January in San Antonio.
He wasn't aware of that nomination. "I found out when a couple of teachers told me they saw it on the news (KTRE-TV). I was excited and shocked. That made me realize that people know about me and my abilities."
Moye is being recruited by several top not I-A programs like Texas A&M and L.S.U. He said "I am favoring Baton Rouge, L.S.U. has it all."