2012 New England Prep Stars Football Player of the Year: Alex Moore ‘13 S/RB St. John’s Prep (MA)
Posted on December 5th 2012
St. John's Prep Safety / Running Back Alex Moore '13 is the 2012 New England Prep Stars Player of the Year (Public / State).
Moore had a season to remember as he helped lead St. John's Prep get back to the promise land as they captured the 2012 Eastern Massachusetts Division 1 Super Bowl with a resounding 48-28 win over Brockton High School. This is St. John's Prep's first Super Bowl win since 1997 and the second time in three years that Moore and Prep have been to the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. They dropped a 31-7 contest to Everett back in 2010 when Moore was a sophomore.
"Winning the Super Bowl on Saturday was so satisfying," Moore told New England Prep Stars. "Two years ago I went to Gillette really not prepared for the experience and not appreciating how hard it was to get there. We rode the momentum of a win streak into the game and I expected to win solely because of the confidence that grew with each win along the way. The feeling of losing that game has stayed with the members of that team who are still here. Among ourselves, we talked about getting back and winning the big game. We made a commitment to ourselves and to each other to get there by working out in the offseason as a team – early morning lifting, strength and conditioning, and seven-on-sevens."
The individual post-season accolades have also started to pile up for Moore as he was named the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year in Massachusetts and also recently named 2012 Mr. Football by ESPN Boston.
" I am really honored," said Moore of the awards. "The season went better than we could have scripted it except for the one game that got away from us. I am really fortunate to be part of such a special team and to have such great coaches that had us ready each week to play at a high level. These awards would not have been possible if it were not for the efforts of the entire team playing so great in all three phases. It would be impossible to win this award on a 1-11 team. The St. John’s Prep fans are also the best."
Moore is the definition of a football player as he plays in all three facets of the game and finds ways to make plays on both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound running back rushed the football 112 times for 857 yards to go with 14 touchdowns this season. He also hauled in 20 receptions for 455 yards for five more scores. On the defensive side of the ball the safety had 67 tackles, five tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and four interceptions. He also added one touchdown on an INT return.
In an early season interview with New England Prep Stars Moore talked about the unity that Prep shared and the special group of guys who he shared the field with each week. Moore echoed those thoughts this week as he reflected on his season and his time on the gridiron at St. John's Prep.
It still has not sunk in that the season is over. When classes end I want to head for the locker room to get ready for practice. I am so proud of our team this past season. We are so tight. The chemistry on this team was like no other on which I played. We believed in each other, in our coaches, and in the game plan we prepared each week. I came to appreciate how important the hours watching films was to shutting down teams that seemed to move the ball with ease against other opponents. Our schedule kept us challenged, motivated, and sharp.
Moore, who is also an elite student in the classroom, is undecided on his college destination as he weighs his options and looks for the best situation.
"I am trying to keep an open mind about schools so that I can eventually find a school where I best fit in," Moore said. "By the end of Spring I had met over 30 coaches and this past summer I visited 10 schools starting on the West Coast at Stanford. Education and having chemistry with the football staff are both very important to me and my hope is that I will be able to make a decision by the end of January. I am planning my last round of visits to schools that have shown the most interest and who have made a commitment to me as a student-athlete."
Moore joins Suffield's Brice McAllister '14 as this years NEPS Football Players of the Year.
They join a list that includes:
2011 - Tim Joy '12, LB - Chelmsford High School (MA) currently at Boston College
2010 - George Craan '12 RB - Concord-Carlisle (MA) currently at Boston College
2009 - Nick LaSpada '12 QB - Billerica (MA) currently a PG at Taft School (CT)