Mo Knows Quarterbacks — Ranking the Bloomington South Pocket Princes
The great Mo Moriarity retired last week, leaving quite a legacy for himself on the prep gridiron in the state of Indiana. In two separate stints at Bloomington South, coach Mo was the gold standard on the sidelines (two state titles) and the Panthers produced some mighty fine quarterbacks on his watch. Overall record: 305-101, three state titles, six state finals
The Top QBs of the Coach Mo Era (1987-2001/2013-2019) At BHSS:
1 Rex Grossman (Class of 1999) — The quintessential B-Town gunslinger. Torched secondaries on a regular basis as a prepster for Coach Mo and then in college as an All-American in the SEC at Florida. He quarterbacked the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in the 2006 season. His 1998 campaign under center for Bloomington South was one for the ages (3,100 yards and 44 touchdowns as the Panthers romped to a state title in the old Hoosier/RCA Dome). Finished his prep career with 7,500 yards and 97 scoring tosses.
2 Eli Stoddard (Class of 1994) — The definition of a winner, the epitome of nails tough in the pocket. Stoddard took Coach Mo to his first state crown in the fall of 1993. He played in college at Butler.
3 Steve Sutherland (Class of 2000) — Maybe the best pure athlete at the quarterback position in the Coach Mo era. Only started one season, but won Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Indiana that one season (the 1999 campaign). Caught touchdown passes from future pro Rex Grossman as a wide receiver in previous years. He played at Ball State in college.
4 (tie) Bryce Stancombe (Class of 2015) — Gamer, gunner, dime-dropper, swag-daddy signal caller. He’s been playing at the University of Indianapolis the last few years.
4 (tie) Gavin Yeskie (Class of 2017) — Everything you could ever want from a high school quarterback and a leader in the huddle.
5 Kevin Prall (Class of 2002) — The most efficient field general of the Coach Mo era.
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