ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Alex Moore, senior running back and safety of the St. John’s Prep Eagles, is the recipient of its third annual "Mr. Football" award, which is presented annually to the top high school football player in Massachusetts.
The Mr. Football award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Moore will be presented the award in an on-field ceremony at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 10, before the New England Patriots’ scheduled contest with the Houston Texans.
"We are honored to present Alex Moore with our third annual Mr. Football award," said ESPNBoston.com High Schools co-editor Brendan Hall. "In the three-year history of this award, almost all of the finalists and winners made their mark on one side of the ball. With Alex, there is no one master stroke. It’s his ability in all three phases of the game -- offense, defense, special teams -- that makes him such a special player. I can think of no better embodiment of the term ‘total package’ than Alex Moore."
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Boxford native starred for the Eagles this fall as one of the state’s best two-way players, leading the program to an 11-1 record and its first MIAA Division 1 Super Bowl championship since 1997 with a 48-28 win over Brockton in Saturday’s title game. With Moore leading one of the state’s most efficient rushing attacks and stingiest defenses, the Eagles entered the 2012 season ranked No. 4 in ESPNBoston.com’s statewide preseason poll and lived up to every expectation, totaling just under 4,000 yards of offense on the season and averaging 247 yards rushing per game.
On the season, he carried the ball 112 times for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns, and added 20 receptions for 455 yards and five more scores. Defensively, as the team's strong safety, he recorded 67 tackles (five for loss), four forced fumbles and four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
"I remember when Alex was a sophomore and he had one of the greatest three-phase games I’ve ever seen, in their win over New Bedford in the Division 1 semifinals," said ESPNBoston.com High Schools co-editor Scott Barboza. "From that game on, we knew Alex was going to be something special, and he’s only improved in his last two years with the Eagles. He completes his high school career not only as a Super Bowl champion, but as a tremendous leader."
Moore has maintained a weighted 4.05 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and food bank, and also was part of a fundraising campaign to benefit an area hospice program. Moore remains undecided on college.