Faces in KS: Jack Moellers

Jack Moellers is looking for a big year for SJA. (photo courtesy of Moellers)
By: Hunter Corneliusen w/ Chet Kuplen
Jul 8, 2019

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Like many of his peers’ football has played a large part in Jack Moellers’ life since he was very young. One thing that sets him apart however is his longevity at the quarterback position throughout his football career.

“When I was in elementary school, a few of my friends got together and wanted to start playing football,” Moellers said. “My dad agreed to coach and coached us up until 6th grade. I started playing Quarterback in 3rd grade. I played line prior to that.”

This fall will be no different as the senior will be the starting quarterback for the second straight year at St. James Academy. In just eight games as a junior, Moellers put together some impressive numbers passing for 1530 yards and 11 touchdowns, while recording 411 yards rushing, and four touchdowns on the ground. His efforts earned him second team all-state non-senior honors and honorable mention all EKL honors in the states top football league. 

Moellers also put up solid numbers as a backup in his sophomore campaign, collecting 577 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns.

At 6-foot-1 and weighing 205-pounds he possesses the size necessary to play the quarterback position at the next level.

“I am seeing FCS and D2 looks,” stated Moellers. “My plan is to hopefully get the chance to play at the next level.”

When asked what he brings to the table as a player Moellers was quick to point out his teammates and coaches play a huge role in his success. 

“I have a great team surrounding me. Without them I could never play to the best of my ability,” he stated. “One of my main strengths is being able to keep the play alive. My arm is also another strength of mine, I am pretty accurate and have a strong arm, being able to throw about 60 yards now. I can also read defenses well. My Quarterback coach, Coach Hoover, made it one of his main goals to help me get better and reading defenses and know coverages better.”

I addition to starring on the gridiron Moellers also plays basketball for the Thunder. In fact, as a junior, he averaged 16.2 PPG along with 3 Rebounds and 2 Assists which landed him first-team all EKL and second-team all-state honors.

For the time being, Moellers and the Thunder have been striving to make a run to state this fall as they have sacrificed a lot of time on summer conditioning, to better themselves for the upcoming season.

When asked about the upcoming season and accomplishing their goal Moeller stated “We have a few returning starters but not many. We will have to fill some spots, but we have guys that are more than capable. We have put in a lot of work this summer to better our chances as a whole team.”

The good news for St. James is plenty of their key players are returning this year and should provide valuable leadership. 

“Everyone does their part and knows their role,” stated Moellers. “We have a great Offensive line lead by Max Kalny. Cade Lautt is the best linebacker in the state. Our receiving core is very good, led by JJ Tylicki.”

Moellers and the Thunder will open their 2019 season on September 6th at Blue Valley Northwest.

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Chet Kuplen, CEO/Founder of Sports in Kansas, on Moellers

"He is a patient QB that throws well on the run with a big arm. He also plays against the best competition in Kansas so you may be thinking honorable mention all-league, big deal,  he can't be great right? Think again, go look at that league and see who the quarterbacks have been year in and year out, it's crazy! .He's a big bodied QB at 6'1" 205. Also does well with legs. He put up great numbers last year. They have some nice pieces back with guys like Kalny and Lautt too so it will be interesting to see how they do. There is absolutely nobody you can over look in their league, teams with losing records are good. We did a player evaluation on him last fall and I really like what I saw. Kid is a competitor and multi-sport talented athlete also earning all-state honors from us on basketball in 5A. He's worth a look for sure. He really had a nice camp circuit last year especially out at NDSU earning most outstanding performer at one of their camps." 

Q&A w/ Moellers

How did you get involved in football?

When I was in elementary school, a few of my friends got together and wanted to start playing football. My dad agreed to coach and coached us up until 6th grade. I started playing Quarterback in 3rd grade. I played line prior to that.

What are your goals this season?

To help my team win the state championship

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

Yes, we have a few returning starters but not many. We will have to fill some spots but we have guys that are more than capable. We have put in a lot of work this summer to better our chances as a whole team.

What makes you such a force as a player?

I have a great team surrounding me. Without them I could never play to the best of my ability. One of my main strengths is being able to keep the play alive. My arm is also another strength of mine, I am pretty accurate and have a strong arm, being able to throw about 60 yards now. I can also read defenses well. My Quarterback coach, Coach Hoover, made it one of his main goals to help me get better and reading defenses and know coverages better.

What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?

Electric, my school has the best fans in the state. We don’t have a home field but every night we have packed stands and an insane amount of energy. Walking out on that field before the game is one of the best feelings in the world. I get goosebumps thinking about it. Our school travels better than anyone in the state. I never have to question if we are going to have a crowd.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

It is a community that gets behind their team, the parents and students stay into the game the whole time. The whole reason our Friday nights are amazing is because of them. As for football, we are a highly competitive team that will get after it. We will constantly fight and give it our all, no matter the score. It will be some of the most entertaining football to watch.

Who are other key players on your team?

Everyone does their part and knows their role. We have a great Offensive line lead by Max Kalny. Cade Lautt is the best linebacker in the state. Our receiving core is very good, lead by JJ Tylicki.

Favorite thing about football?

The brotherhood

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?

Basketball, I have been playing basketball just about my whole life and I love it. It is the 2nd best sport in the world. I am a 2 year varsity starter. My main strength is shooting, I love being able to extend the floor.

What is it like to play for your coach?

I love it. Coach Radke is a guy that will get after you all the time, constantly pushing you to give it your all. He is one of the best guys I have met, he makes sure that we put God first in our life, whether or not we are catholic. He is a father figure to a lot of us players. He will come up to us in school and just talk life, he wont even bring up football. One of the best decisions I made was coming to Saint James and having the opportunity to play for Coach Radke

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

We hit the weight room. A bunch of guys dedicated their offseason to getting bigger, sacrificing their time for the team. A few of us get together and run routes to improve our chemistry.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I am seeing FCS and D2 looks. My plan is to hopefully get the chance to play at the next level.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

Probably go swimming with friends

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself as hopefully an Orthopedic Surgeon that lives somewhere in the Midwest

Who is your role model?

My mom, she sacrifices everything for me and continuously puts my needs before hers.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

Granite City

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?

I love playing Sand Volleyball