FOOTBALL: Grand Valley-bound Moore seizing moments to lead New Lothrop back to promised land

BY DAN STICKRADT
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NEW LOTHROP — Avery Moore remembers attending camps at New Lothrop High School as a youngster, dreaming of what it would be like to play sports at the prep level.
Since arriving in 2016, he has more than seized the moment.

The now-senior and three-sport standout is primed for a big football season and hopes to lead the Hornets to a second straight state title and third overall (2018, 2006).

Moore and the rest of the 3-0 New Lothrop sqaud gets its first big test of the 2019 season taking on a tough 3-0 Montrose squad Friday evening. Montrose made it all the way to the Division 6 semis a year ago.

You can expect  Moore to be ready for all com

“I remember those days,” laughed Moore. “I wanted to show everybody that I would be a good athlete at New Lothrop one day.”

In a small town such as New Lothrop that bleeds athletics success stories, Moore has shined during his tenure. He collected some 3,700 all-purpose yards last season as an Associated Press Division 7/8 All-State First Team selection. Moore also had 26 rushing touchdowns and 20 passing TDs in leading New Lothrop to a 19th straight postseason appearance, a 13-1 overall record to go along with the Mid-Michigan Athletic Conference (7-0), district, regional and Division 7 state titles.

“That was such a great experience, making the run to Ford Field and winning a state championship,” said Moore. “We hope to do it again this year.”
He guided one of the state’s most lethal offenses to 619 total points over 14 games, good for a 44.3 average. In seven of those contests, the Hornets racked up at least 50 points and in one game posted 64 points in another —- the sixth highest total in school history.

Moore recently committed in early August to NCAA Division II in-state powerhouse Grand Valley State University after offers from a wide variety of D-I, D-II, D-III and NAIA schools, including Cornell, Youngstown State, Ferris State, Saginaw Valley State and Valparaiso amongst the long list.

“I talked to quite a bit of schools, but I really felt at home at Grand Valley and I feel that now that the recruiting process is over I can concentrate on my senior year,” offered Moore. “We hope to have another great season and hopefully make another run.”

Moore, who checks in at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, also excels on the basketball court in the winter, rotating between shooting guard, point guard and small forward depending on the game situation and opponent. On the track, he placed at the league and regional meet in the long jump and high jump and also runs the 200- and 400-meter dashes and three sprint relays.
Football is his best sport and he has shined as bright as the lights along area stadiums.

“Avery has come a long ways since he was a freshman, as a football player, an athlete and a young man,” said New Lothrop football head coach Clint Galvas.

“We saw he had a lot of potential growing up, but he keeps getting better and better. He reads the game so well, is fast, has a strong arm and understands the game. And I don’t like to speak in cliches, but it’s also nice to have your best athlete as your quarterback. It truly is like having a coach out on the field. He’s a great leader. When you will be everyone’s Super Bowl and a team everyone wants to beat, you need a player like him leading the way.”

New Lothrop, which over the past quarter century has enjoyed tremendous success in sports — especially football and wrestling — returns six starters on both sides of the football and its junior varsity program has also enjoyed tremendous success in recent years feeding the varsity pipeline.
The pressure and target on New Lothrop’s back doesn’t seem to bother Avery Moore one bit.

“I kind of like it, and if your are going to play at the college level you have to know how to handle pressure,” he said. “I feel like I can handle it pretty well and I just hope to lead us back to the state finals. I know everyone will be going after us.”