Men’s football stars: Tylar Moss separates the Skaneateles from the pack | Local sports

A small patch of damaged rock never hurt anyone.

It was the small price to pay in the basement of the Moss House, where Max, Andrew and Tylar honed their footballing skills in their early years.

Their dad, Aaron, was happy to pay $ 5 or $ 10 to replace these panels if it meant his sons were earning extra touches.

His youngest son, Tylar, now a senior at Skaneateles, showed football skill from the age of 6.

Aaron helped organize a football camp with William Smith’s female coach, Al Loucks, which each of his sons attended as children. Every day when the group returned from camp, their father would take them outside and ask them for a demonstration of the skills they had learned that day.

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“Tylar was extremely competent, even at age 6. I said, ‘OK, there’s something out there,’” Aaron said. “He was a sponge and wanted to absorb it and do the technique from the start. Once he saw it, did it and learned it, he became extremely proficient and just increased his pace at the over time. “

This continued until 2017, when in eighth grade Tylar made the Skaneateles varsity squad and ultimately led the Lakers in the scoring. Smart enough to protect himself and knowledgeable enough not to be a detriment, Tylar said he felt comfortable at the college level right off the bat.

“I think it was the first game of the year. I didn’t think I would start at all, but I thought I would have time,” Tylar said. “We were playing at Queensbury, and back then they were a powerhouse. I ended up starting and playing decently, and I was like, ‘I could do that. “”

He grew into his over the next two seasons, winning all-league honors in first year and again in second year.

In that sophomore year, Tylar assisted Skaneateles to the state title in 2019, scoring a crucial goal from a corner in the state semi-final against Bath-Haverling.

While Moss and Owen Cheney are set to return for their junior season, the Lakers looked set for another state title in 2020 – until COVID-19 disrupts that possibility. Unsure of the likelihood of a section or state playoffs, the duo chose to devote their time to the Rochester Academy.

“It was that certainty that we leaned towards, even though we would have loved to play football in high school,” Tylar said. “I knew in my mind that the COVID year would have been the best team, hands down, in Skaneateles history. I don’t see any team coming close. We had all the places, even with substitutes who could have been. of the starters. I would have loved to play in this team. We always thought that was the year we were juniors. “

Returning to Skaneateles for his senior season, Moss launched a goal tirade. He finished with 26 goals and 21 assists in 16 games, leading the Lakers to an unbeaten regular season and another appearance in the Section III Class B title game.

In this championship game against Cazenovia, Tylar’s season has come to an end. Chasing a ball into Cazenovia’s left corner, Moss was bodied by a defender and his leg was stuck in the grass.

His leg flexed and he fell to the grass with a knee injury and was unable to resume the game. The next day, Moss learned he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and would miss the remainder of Skaneateles’ championship race.

Unable to contribute on the pitch, Moss took on a larger role. He unofficially became the Lakers’ fourth coach, alongside his father Aaron and his assistants Jon Dower and Pete O’Connor.

“It’s tough because you want to play outside, but from the point of view of knowing you can’t play, training is the second best thing,” Tylar said. “My teammates trusted me with my thoughts and they never questioned what I had to say so everything went well.”

For the next three games, playing a different role, Tylar Moss watched his teammates win another state title, beating familiar Bath-Haverling in overtime for the state title match.

In the process, he left a major impression.

“I was really proud of the way he behaved. Obviously on the first day or so when it was really cool the pain and emotion is obviously pretty noticeable,” said Aaron Moss. “But seeing the doctor the next day and realizing that was the new reality, his ability to stay engaged, to stay engaged, to stay dedicated.… He played in high level stuff as a player, but seeing him take to heart and always be a valued member of this team, even though he’s not on the pitch he has done a great job with it. “

After reconstructive surgery in mid-November, Tylar can now walk without crutches. He hopes to start training in the next few months, with his eyes set in late July or August for a full return to competition.

Unsure of his next step, Moss hopes to head to South Florida, where he was born, to pursue a college program.

Wherever that road goes next, his father – who retired from coaching the Skaneateles program after the season – will carry a litany of memories of Tylar’s record-breaking high school career, including back heel passes, moves Maradona, the smashing kicks of both feet, or the innate chemistry with longtime teammate Cheney.

“To watch Tylar – I coached him in clubs as well as in high school… what can I say?” Aaron said. “I am a lucky guy.”

Sports reporter Justin Ritzel can be reached at 282-2257 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @CitizenRitz.

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