Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hampton Rb Comes in like a Rech-Ing Ball

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hampton Rb Comes in like a Rech-Ing Ball

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Playing its first game since a heartbreaking 21-20 loss to Ringgold in last year's WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals, Hampton hoped to tear down that memory and lay the foundation for another successful season last Friday.

Having a Rech-ing ball on their side definitely helped the Talbots.

Senior running back Matt Rech rushed for 285 yards - the most by a WPIAL player in Week 1 - and scored four touchdowns in leading Hampton to a 48-42 non-conference win against Allderdice. The Talbots held a 48-16 lead in the third quarter before Allderdice scored 26 unanswered points to make things interesting.

Rech (5 feet 11, 175 pounds) scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 2, 2 and 2 yards. Rech is building off a breakout junior season in which he rushed for 1,039 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Hudson shines

As is usually the case, McKeesport Area's Khaleke Hudson stood out statistically in last Friday's 49-7 win against Connellsville.

The numbers, though, didn't tell the whole story of Hudson's dominance.

Hudson, a highly-recruited senior running back-linebacker, put together arguably one of the most sensational performances by a WPIAL player in Week 1. If you were at the game or have seen the highlights - check them out on Hudl.com - you would be hard pressed to not be thoroughly impressed.

Hudson had 11 touches offensively and scored on five of them. He rushed for 156 yards on nine carries, scoring on runs of 61, 7, 13 and 59 yards. His lone pass attempt fell incomplete, but he was on the receiving end of a 52-yard touchdown. Each of the five touchdowns showcased either Hudson's speed, power, shiftiness . or all of the above. Hudson also had some big hits and key tackles on defense and special teams.

The touchdown reception was likely the most jaw-dropping, as he tipped the ball to himself before reeling it in at the Connellsville 42, shed two tacklers, bounced off another like a pinball, made a slick move around another, then sprinted toward the end zone. …

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