It has been 16 years since one of Broward County’s greatest high school running backs graced his talent at Blanche Ely High.
For the final time, the No. 3 jersey that Tyrone Moss proudly wore was retired during a halftime ceremony at Blanche Ely’s home game against Plantation game on Friday. Moss died on July 26. He was 33.
When Moss finished his high school career at Ely, he firmly possessed Broward’s all-time rushing record for yards (7,105) and touchdowns (107). He also was part of the Tigers Class 5A state championship team in 2002 before going on to play for the University of Miami Hurricanes
Moss was also the first player in Broward history to surpass 2,000 yards in a single season, finishing with 2,011 yards in his sophomore year. He did it on a 97-yard run against Dillard in the Soul Bowl at Lockhart Stadium.
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“I remember him coming in as a sophomore from Coconut Creek as little chubby kid,” said Plantation coach Steve Davis, who was the coach at Ely during the Moss years. “The memories I can’t even begin to categorize. He was just a great, great kid always with a smile on his face.”
Former Ely linebacker Clint Sessions, a teammate of Moss’, paused for reflection.
“This was long overdue,” Sessions said. “All the accolades he had he earned. To me he was the back I’ve seen to play high school football.”
A large contingent of family and former Moss teammates were in attendance as his No. 3 jersey was unveiled on the 50-yard line at the half. It was the same jersey Moss had worn during his career. Davis had kept the jersey, knowing that it would be retired some day.
“Moss was not only one of the greatest players in Broward history, but in state history,” Davis said. “It was special tonight because we all celebrated this together.”
As for the game, which was called because of inclement weather at the half, Plantation outmuscled Blanche Ely 37-6 in a non-district game.
Junior quarterback Gerard Nesbitt passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Colonels (2-0).
Senior running back Hammersham White rushed for 50 yards on six carries and a pair of touchdowns, the last coming on a 4-yard run just before half.
The Tigers (1-1) lone score came on a 7-yard run by James Wallace with 7:35 left in the first half.