In 2015, the name John Jay has been synonymous with prep football malfeasance. The San Antonio school was embroiled in one of the uglier incidents of recent memory when two players tackled a referee after a whistle was blown. They claimed that they were instructed to do so by a coach, who in turn cited racist language from the referee in question. The coach later admitted to ordering the hits and the referee, umpire Robert Watts, insists he used no inappropriate language.
The entire saga has unfolded in near slow-motion, casting a pall across a previously promising football season. That season hasn’t just stopped, despite the ugliness that has surrounded assistant coach Mack Breed and two unnamed players who now find themselves at an alternative school in San Antonio. And, as it has wound on, quarterback Moses Reynolds has emerged as a leader and bona fide star. Reynolds’ rise has served as a lone bright spot for a Jay team that slumped to 51-0 loss at Stevens in its most recent outing.
Earlier this week, Reynolds added some gloss to a strong senior season when he committed to Texas A&M. As noted by the San Antonio Express-News, he will be expected to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds who has emerged as a solid starter for the Aggies. The recruiting attention has helped turn attention away from Jay’s struggles on the field and the incident that has captivated national media. Yet, as much as he may try, Reynolds can’t completely divorce himself from that previous ugliness, either. The teen was actually the unintentional catalyst behind the incident, with a skirmish between Reynolds and a Marble Falls opponent leading to his ejection, immediately followed by his two teammates spearing Watts.
For Jay football coach Gary Gutierrez, Reynolds’ midseason commitment provided a momentary respite from the maelstrom that has enveloped the program since early September and allowed him to do what he is supposed to do as a coach: Reflect on the talents of his student athletes while helping them improve.
“He’s so versatile,” Gutierrez told the Express-News. “He could play anywhere.”