Jarrod Molzon didn't like football when he first started playing it as a boy.

He was more into soccer.

That changed later in life. He chose football over soccer when he got to Lacey Township High School and is now a big part of the Lions' success. Lacey (7-0) is No. 3 in The Press Elite 11.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Molzon hardly ever comes off the field, playing running back and defensive back. He's even one of Lacey's two kickers.

He averages 11.72 yards per carry, having rushed 29 times for 340 yards and four touchdowns. Molzon has caught three touchdown passes and kicked two field goals and 10 extra points. On defense, he's made 32 tackles and recovered two fumbles. Molzon missed last Friday's 42-6 win over Central Regional with an ankle injury.

He is considering Bucknell and Princeton universities, as well as other colleges.

Lacey, one of the top contenders for the South Jersey Group III title, plays at Neptune (4-2), a perennial Shore Conference power, on Saturday.

On how he started playing football: I was 6 or 7 when I started. My parents signed me up. I didn't want to play, but I just stuck with it. I was a soccer player. In high school, I decided to play football all the way. I'm happy with the decision. If soccer was a spring sport, I would probably still play.

On being a kicker: When I was in junior pee-wee, we had a kickoff for the spot. I got lucky and made one kick. From there, I always did it. It kind of came naturally. It's a fun thing to do. It's one of the hardest things (to do in football). Not a lot of people can do it.

On which he enjoys more, offense or defense: I really enjoy it all. Running the ball, you get to make big plays. When you're on defense, you get to give paybacks to the kids who just hit you.

On the school's reaction to Lacey's success: It's a small school. Everybody knows what's going on. Everybody's happy for each other. All the sports cheer for each other. Everybody's upbeat.

On his academic success: I have a 3.8 grade-point average. I've always gotten good grades. It's tough, but you go to practice, come home and do your homework, pay attention in class.

On what he does to relax: Usually when it's our day off, me and the other running back, Jake Dabal, will be working on a project. We're building a go-cart. It has 13 horsepower.

As told to Michael McGarry