After throwing for touchdown passes of 61, 68 and 55 yards to lead the East to a 30-13 victory against the West in Saturday’s 31st annual Michigan High School Football All-Star Game, Cass Tech grad Keith Moore was more certain than ever of the quarterbacking skills he’ll be taking into college.
“I already felt like I’m ready for that next level, but that put the stamp on it,’’ said Moore, the first Detroit Public School League quarterback to be chosen for the All-Star Game, held this year at Central Michigan University’s Kelly-Shorts Stadium.
“I was happy about my performance. I made sure to represent ‘the D.’ The best part about the whole week was meeting new friends and getting to play with guys that have the same talents as you.”
Moore, who is headed to Saginaw Valley State in the fall, was among five PSL players chosen to play in the game that featured 88 of the state’s top graduated seniors. Also on the East squad were wide receiver James Chappell (Southwestern High), linebacker Eric Crume (Central High), running back DeJuan Lewis (Pershing High) and defensive back Ashton Gaines (Crockett).
The first two of Moore’s three TD connections went to Farmington High’s Jason Wilson, while the other was to Auburn Hills Avondale’s Ray Tillman. “I wish I had them in college,” Moore said of his speedy All-Star receivers. “The connection was good. We did that all week in practice, throwing it deep. We had some fast receivers on our side, and we used the speed.”
Moore will be familiar with several of his new Saginaw Valley State teammates as four other players from Cass Tech will join him as part of the Cardinals’ 2011 recruiting class.
“A lot of colleges are probably mad that they didn’t give me an offer,’’ Moore said after his All-Star performance. “But I’m satisfied to be playing at Saginaw Valley. Me and the other guys from Cass can turn that program around.”