Recent recipients of the award have been St. John’s Prep triplets Jared, Brandon and Tyler Coppola in 2010, as well as Erik Ciocca of Masconomet in the same year. The only other North Shore Tech player to receive the award was Kevin Campbell in the late 1990s.
Moles’ impairments weren’t indicative of his athletic ability. According to Worth, Moles came in as a freshman with a cannon of an arm and the football staff tried him at quarterback, but his vision didn’t allow him to see the whole field and also made depth perception difficult. So Moles moved to the other side of the ball at defensive end. And while he didn’t see varsity playing time until his senior year, when the opportunity came Moles made the most of it.
In his first career start against Tri-County, Moles made several tackles and had a pair of sacks. Then against Chelsea, Moles had a huge sack on the Red Devils’ quarterback.
Those moments almost never happened, though: Moles actually decided not to play his junior season, but it didn’t take long for him to realize how much he valued the game of football, so he came back out for the squad last fall as a senior.
“After two weeks of not playing I realized I probably made one of worst decisions in my life,” said Moles. “Just being there being with my teammates and with my coaches and that brotherhood that you form (is what he missed).”
In his three years with the team, Moles never missed a day of practice; in the summer, he was always in the weight room training to keep his body right.
If you watched him practice or play, you’d never know Moles was audibly or visually impaired.
“I’m not even sure every kid on team knew,” said Worth. “A lot of the kids did know and they loved watching him play, He was a leader at practice, never questioned the coaches and did what he was told to do. And kids just followed him.”
Moles’ dedication isn’t limited to the football field’ he’s a member of the North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie baseball team and a devoted student. He will attend the University of New Hampshire next year with his sights set on a degree in history or political science.