Through two games this season, Brent Moskiewicz has played at least four different positions for Lyons and he hopes to continue to add to that number in the upcoming weeks.
According to head coach Kurt Weinberg, Moskiewicz should get the opportunity.
“He is a great kid and he is very versatile,” Weinberg said. “He started at quarterback for us in week one, and in week two he played a bunch of special teams and a little wide receiver. He may transition and play a little defense for us.
“He is an important team-oriented guy, he can do a lot of different things. He is tough, and whatever job you give him he does it well. He is physical and smart, so he is a good player for that.”
The senior is comfortable playing multiple positions, as long as it keeps him off the sideline.
“It was important to me to try to find my way onto the field, because after last year I did not really have a set position,” he said. “I kind of got bounced around, I have been bounced around my whole high school career.”
After playing baseball his freshman and sophomore years, he was on the Lyons team that captured the 2012 Phil Lawler Summer Classic championship. He then decided to stop playing baseball and turned his athletic focus completely to football.
“I really see the offseason as probably the most important time of the football season, because that is where you can set yourself apart from everybody else,” said Moskiewicz. “In the weight room and by what you do, like speed training and all that stuff.
“I gained a lot of weight, that is probably what gets me on the field. Because I know last year I was not ready to be on the field. I just did not have enough weight, enough strength to push people around, I think. This season, I probably feel a lot more confident when I am on the field.”
An early season highlight for Moskiewicz was starting the opener against Warren, when junior Tom Fiedler was serving a one-game suspension. In the 42-35 triple overtime loss, Moskiewicz tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for a score in his first varsity start under center.
“Everyone was kind of wondering whether Brent could rise up to the occasion or not (against Warren),” said senior offensive lineman John O’Connor, who has known Moskiewicz since the start of football freshman year. “One or two possessions into the game, and we ended up 21 points up, everyone was real happy with Brent’s performance. He threw the ball well and had a bunch of good running plays. He was really explosive through the line.
“Everyone’s confidence immediately rose when they saw that Brent was doing well.”
Macro-micro economics is Moskiewicz’s favorite class this year and he’s planning to study business in college next fall, most likely at a Big Ten school.
Before picking a school, he has a few more positions to try on the gridiron.
“We are looking for him to play quite a lot in a lot of different spots this year,” Weinberg said. “He is willing and able to do anything we need him to do for the team.”