Javon Moore scripted an ending worthy of the best and final season of his high school career.
The Abraham Lincoln senior quarterback was brilliant overall this year, but not without overcoming some adversity before leading his team to an undefeated city championship. Moore severely sprained one ankle and had the other one cramp up during Lincoln’s dramatic 28–27 title game win over rival Tottenville at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 10.
Moore, who threw for two touchdowns and 191 yards, had trouble planting while throwing and also tossed two interceptions that helped the Pirates rally to take a lead into the fourth quarter. It was the first time Lincoln trailed all season.
The ankle hurt so bad that he needed to head to a hospital after the game, but Moore, like the rest of his team, shook it all off and kept fighting.
“He was a warrior,” Lincoln coach Shawn O’Connor said. “He battled through it.”
Moore, who improved exponentially from last season, had one more big play left in his high school career. He tossed 61-yard fourth quarter touchdown pass over the middle to top receiver Malik Andrews, for Lincoln’s first points since the second quarter. Andrews expected nothing less from his quarterback.
“I knew he was tough,” Andrews said. “I knew he was going to tough it out and bring it in for us.”
Moore’s production was up in a big way this season, and it allowed Lincoln to bring its offensive line and running game along throughout the year. He tossed 29 touchdown passes to just 11 from a year ago, and amassed 2,090 passing yards after just 1,158 last season. Moore did all of this even with his best receiver from last year, Jamiek Davis, transferring before the season began. Andrews and Carlos Stewart got better around him and because of him.
The 5-foot-8 Moore isn’t a big-time quarterback prospect at the next level, but you couldn’t ask for much more from a high school signal caller. He worked his butt off in the offseason and added some weight to make it more durable. Moore has guts, a strong arm and some wheels we didn’t get to see in the title game because of injury.
“He’s an amazing player,” Lincoln All-American defensive tackle Thomas Holley said. “Everybody always underestimates him because of his size, but you can’t let that stop you. I tell him that all the time.”
Moore proved that the only thing that matters is the size of one’s heart. It was that trait that provided the perfect ending to Lincoln’s perfect season.