Versatility makes Moorman top player in NIC-10

By Matt Nestor

Sports Columnist

All you had to do to understand why Boylan senior quarterback Michael Moorman was the most valuable player in the conference was watch their conference title-clinching victory over the Hononegah Indians.

Moorman threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown, kicked a key fourth-quarter field goal, and helped the Titans win the field position battle with touchbacks on his kickoffs and good punts in a driving wind.

So, if you’re scoring at home, he threw, ran and kicked the Titans to a NIC-10 conference title.

Boylan coach Dan Appino said that Moorman was always a key to their season. The Titans had to replace some players along the offensive line, and the steady hand of their quarterback guided them through some key early games.

“We’ve leaned on him all year long,” Appino said. “When our offensive line was a work in progress, he kind of carried us in those first couple of games. Since then, he’s been able to rely on other guys. But with (Paul Barmore) being out, it sure was nice to have our captain back there working at it.”

Beyond that, Moorman is probably the best leader in the conference. Last season, Moorman was thrust into the starting role after star quarterback Zach Lane went down with an injury. This year, his co-star, running back Paul Barmore, went down with a knee injury.

In both cases, Moorman wasn’t afraid, and put the team on his back and led them to an undefeated record and conference title.

Other NIC-10 honors

υ Offensive Player of the Year—We’ll call it a tie for Marcus Gooden of Belvidere and Tony Tindle for Belvidere North for top offensive honors.

More often than not, a one-man touchdown machine like Gooden would be an easy call for the best offensive player. But Tindle made a big difference for the Blue Thunder this year, hitting big play after big play to help the Belvidere North run back to the playoffs.

υ Defensive Player of the Year—There were several great defenses this year. Harlem’s was among the best, and Ryan Rizzio always seemed to be in the middle of everything.

Every time the Huskies’ defense caused a fumble, picked off a pass, sacked the quarterback, or made a big stop, you almost always heard Rizzio’s name across the P.A. system.

From the October 28 – November 3, 2009

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