Jake Moscarelli: Football Fanatic
At a very young age, Jake Moscarelli ’17 started playing backyard football games with his dad. Since then, football has been an integral part of Moscarelli’s life, and when he arrived at Hopkins he didn’t plan on stopping.
At a very young age, Jake Moscarelli ’17 started playing backyard football games with his dad. But it wasn’t until third grade, when his parents realized how good Moscarelli could be, that they got him on the field. Since then, football has been an integral part of Moscarelli’s life, and when he arrived at Hopkins he didn’t plan on stopping.
As a freshman, Moscarelli was already playing a pivotal role in the team’s running game. His already impressive skill set on the field improved every year, and that combined with his charisma, positive attitude and ability to unite the team ensured he would become captain.
When he got to Hopkins, Moscarelli realized there was more to being a player then trying to boost his stat sheet. He soon found out the best way to get his team to victory was not just to score himself, but to motivate his teammates to work hard.
Co-Captain Doug Wardlaw ’17 said, “When playing with Jake you always know you’ll get his best on game day and that his energy and fire will be contagious.” Head coach Tim Phipps said, “Jake is one of the best captains that I have had the privilege to work with. He is intense and hard working. His positive attitude and ability to lead from the front makes him a great teammate and leader. He is a great person who cares deeply about his teammates and his school.
Co-captain Cooper Pettit ’17 said, “Mosc is a great teammate on and off the field. (He is) a great leader for the team and someone that will help the football program take its next step.” Assistant coach Jordan Sebastian said, “Jake is the quintessential captain. He is selfless and committed to his teammates. He always is a positive voice, even in the face of adversity. I’m honored to be his coach this year and we will miss him when he leaves.”
Moscarelli said, “Football has taught me to be a leader, a team player, how to win and how to rebound from a tough loss...The boys on the team have been my best friends since the time I got to Hopkins. It’s an honor to be a captain and get to lead alongside with the other captains and seniors.”
Moscarelli doesn’t believe he will continue playing football after Hopkins, but he has high expectations for this season for both himself and the team. Moscarelli said, “I think that as a team we’ve already come a long way this season. It’s been a long time since this team has won more games than it’s lost, so I want that to turn around this year. Our guys are passionate and skilled enough to make that happen, so I’m excited.” Thanks to Moscarelli’s strong mentality and leadership, the team is off to a great start this season.