SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - After starting at quarterback in the Snapple Bowl, an annual football game between the Middlesex and Union County senior all-stars, some might guess that South Plainfield's Kyle Moroney is a football star.
While this is true, it should also be noted that Moroney was a force to be reckoned with on the baseball diamond as well.
A two-sport athlete, Moroney has committed to playing football and baseball at Rowan University next year.
"I love football more, but I think I might have more of a future in baseball," Moroney said. "After like two years I'll get a feel for what I'm better at and try to focus on that sport."
In the recent spring baseball season, Moroney stunned the county in his first year as a starting pitcher. He deservingly earned the ace of the staff role after finishing the season with a 7-1 record, with his only loss coming in the Greater Middlesex County championship game against St. Joseph-Metuchen.
Moroney boasted an impressive 0.42 earned run average which translated to three earned runs over his 50 and one-third innings pitched this year. He sent his team to the GMC championship with a three-hit, shutout performance against Old Bridge High School in the semifinals, but lost in the finals after giving up a walk-off walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie.
Leading South Plainfield to a 20-8 season, Moroney earned himself First Team All-Middlesex County honors and Pitcher of the Year as voted on by the coaches.
But in the fall season, Moroney puts on the pads and puts his arm to work under center. He played all four years in the Tigers' program and had his best season his senior year.
Moroney completed 117 of his 205 passes for 1,657 yards, 16 touchdown passes and was only intercepted three times. He also rushed for 234 yards and five touchdowns to lead his squad to a 6-4 overall record.
This year he also got the opportunity to play some defense from the outside linebacker position and recorded 37 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. His skills as a linebacker turned a few heads and he got some college looks for defense as well.
Moroney said he was honored just to be mentioned in all-state recognitions and to be respected as the best quarterback in Middlesex County. But he gives a lot of credit to his team, or "family", in South Plainfield.
"It's the best team I've ever played on," Moroney said. "We were like a family there, and I think that will be the thing I miss most about high school football... just playing ball with my brothers."
Kyle got to play in the annual Snapple Bowl with his South Plainfield teammate and fellow all-star, Roemello Monroe. Moroney didn't get to show off his arm as much since all of the game's touchdowns came on the ground. Monroe scored two of them in the first half.
"It's the experience of a lifetime," Moroney said. "They're all all-stars and playmakers so you have to step up to that competition."
Moroney will study business management at Rowan, but not so shockingly says he is most looking forward to college for the sports to continue his career and see how it progresses.
The 17-year-old Moroney will prepare for another football season in the fall, but this time he will face off against the next level of the competition.