BARRETT, Minn. - West Central High School's new head football coach knows a lot about new beginnings, which is why he's not wasting time on last season's disappointing season.

The West Central Area Knights went 2-7 last season, but that means little to coach Jon Moore.

"Even though I went through a lot of stuff, I almost feel blessed I did go through it because of the viewpoint I have on life now, says Moore. "I don't take anything for granted and if I'm going to do something, I'm going to do the best I can."

Moore was diagnosed with testicular cancer two years ago, at the age of 27. Doctors removed a softball size tumor from his abdomen. The chemotherapy wore him out, but he found out how a close-knit community can come together.

"I feel like I owe this community a lot for what they did for me," says Moore. "They were there, they didn't know me. It was my first year teaching and I show up at my benefit and there's 300 people there and I know half of them."

Moore is cancer free now and on a mission to repay his debt by coaching the Knights to the best of his ability.

"Everything just seems a little sweeter," says Moore.

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