Moeller continues to flourish in Prospect's system

  • Prospect's Gary Moeller pitches the ball to Luke Zardzin against DeKalb in the second quarter of a Class 7A playoff game in 2019.

      Prospect's Gary Moeller pitches the ball to Luke Zardzin against DeKalb in the second quarter of a Class 7A playoff game in 2019. John Starks | Staff Photographer

By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/7/2021 6:35 PM

Prospect quarterback Alex "Gary" Moeller answers to a pair of first names. But so far this season his opponents have yet to find an answer to stop the senior.

"My dad has always called my brother and I random names as jokes," Moeller said. "And one day he called me Gary and I kind of liked it. And it just kind of stuck."


What has also stuck has been Moeller's play. He has been a perfect fit for Prospect coach Dan DeBoeuf's system, since DeBoeuf took over three years ago.

"He is the exact type of guy to be running our offense," DeBoeuf said. "He makes super-good decisions. He can really do it without coaches. He really knows the ins and the outs of everything."

That type of work ethic makes him special in DeBoeuf's speedy, up-tempo offense.

"He is a calm, collected guy," DeBoeuf said. "That is the other piece we look for."

Moeller loves playing in the Knights' system.

"It is a lot of fun to run it," said Moeller, who switched from defensive back his sophomore year to quarterback in 2019.

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"It gives me a ton of options to throw and run. It is not one-dimensional at all."

Moeller was terrific for DeBoeuf and Prospect last season. He led the Knights to the highest scoring average in school history while throwing for 2,069 yards with 26 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions.

He's off to similar start this season. He has thrown for 677 yards and 8 touchdowns while rushing for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns while leading the Knights to a 3-0 start.

"We are just clicking," Moeller said. "This is coach DeBoeuf's third year here. "We all have some experience either JV or varsity with this offense. It is just a bunch of guys who make plays."

The Knights, who averaged 38.6 points in 2019, are continuing to flourish, averaging 45 points per game as they head into their Friday Mid-Suburban East matchup with Rolling Meadows.


Moeller has some Division II and D-III offers and is hoping for a possible D-I walk-on opportunity.

"He has had some looks," DeBoeuf said. "Gary wants to go to a Big 10 school with an opportunity to walk on. We are still plugging his film and we'll see what happens."

Moeller has also showed his versatility.

He played on the basketball team this season. He also went back to his roots when he started at cornerback and played there last week against Hersey. He picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

"He is not the biggest guy in the world," DeBoeuf said." But what he has mentally makes him perfect for us. "

Prospect players make donation:

Moeller and the other captains from Prospect made and collected donations to Prospect Cares, a program for families in need in the Mount Prospect area. They collected $500 and made the donation in the name of teammate Jack Berman, who broke his leg in the Knights' game against Elk Grove.

Week 6 in the MSL:

The Week 6 schedule for the Mid-Suburban League is not finalized yet. There will be crossover games between the East and West that final week of the spring season. Teams will be matched up based upon what position in the standings each team has.

That means a 1 v 1 matchup for the MSL championship, the first in the conference since 1974.

Home field for that game and the other five games will be determined by which school has played the least number of home games. The next tiebreaker will be overall record and then it could come to a coin flip.

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