High School Sports

Former Smiths Station linebacker Anfernee Moffett ready for all-star game

If Smiths Station continues to grow as a program, and there's no reason to think that it won't, then Anfernee Moffett can say he was a part of its rebirth from the ground floor.

The former linebacker, who just graduated from the school in May and will take his game to Newberry College, was a part of former coach Mark Rose's first group to make the complete arc from seventh to 12th grade with the program.

During that period, from 2008-13, Moffett saw everything from a two-win campaign to the program's first 10-win season since 1996 last year.

It's only fitting that he end his high school career with a trip to the AHSAA All-Star sports week, where he will play in the football game at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

He is the only player from the area to take part in the game.

"I was very excited (to be selected)," Moffett said. "My senior year, I thought I did pretty good. I was wondering if I was going to be chosen, and I was. It was a blessing."

Moffett was named the All-Bi-City defensive player of the year in 2013 after notching 129 total tackles, three interceptions and 20 tackles for loss. It was a memorable season, so much so that Moffett said he wished he could stay for another year.

"It was a blessing, just a lot of fun," he said. "I wish I could go back, but I can't. It was a year I'll never forget."

He said he views Thursday night's game as one last opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in the state. Some of the players he got used to playing against will line up with him as part of the South squad.

"It's kind of my last high school game, playing with guys from Alabama" Moffett said. "It's just a chance to get out there and show what I've got and get ready for college ball."

He just had his college orientation on July 19 and will move in on Aug. 11. He says he's just ready to get back out there and compete.

He'll be looking in the rearview, though, as his former teammates try to continue their progress at Smiths Station, now a part of Class 7A.

"I worked out with them every day during the summer," Moffett said.

"I talked to them. I just told them to play like they've been playing. This will be the last year for the seniors, and it's over really quick. They just have to go out with a bang."