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Central football featured in ‘The Moment’ reality series

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart Central High School will be the backdrop for an episode of a new reality TV series at 11 p.m. Friday, May 3, on USA Network.

“The Moment,” a show about second chances that is hosted by former NFL star quarterback Kurt Warner, filmed the tale of aspiring football coach Vince Moiso in the fall of 2012 using the Blue Blazers program as a training ground for the aspiring coach.

For two full days, Moiso worked with Warner, former pro and college coach Sam Wyche and Central coaches, administrators and players to see if he has what it takes.

“It was pretty exciting for them,” said Central coach Levon Johnson, speaking on behalf of his players. Johnson and Blazers Larry Gates, Dylan Kruis, Spencer Schnell and Vinny Schnell were miked up during taping, which was done mostly at a football scrimmage and a boys soccer match. An interview was also done with Central player Adrian Arellano.

Just exactly what will air and why the show’s producers picked the Blazers is unknown to Johnson, who did offer that Central athletic director Brian Buckley was the first to return a call. To keep the show’s integrity, participants were not allowed to ask much of Moiso or the others involved with the show and were not allowed to speak about the show until the time of airing.

“It’s kind of cool,” said Buckley. “I don’t know what we’re going to see.”

According to the show’s website, Moiso “has lived and breathed football from a very young age. After a promising playing career in college (University of San Diego) and pro career in Europe, Vince not only played quarterback, but was getting involved with coaching as well. But that’s when tragedy struck. His father, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, took a turn for the worse and passed away. It was up to Vince to support his recently widowed mom. Vince decided to forgo his dream of coaching and went into the tile business and has built a very successful career. However, there is still something missing, and being a football coach would complete his life. Our mentor will get Vince back up to speed and prepare him for an interview with the most elite college football program in the country — the University of Notre Dame. Vince will have to dig deep to overcome the years away from the game, and decide if the life of a professional coach is right for him and his family.”

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