Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Moon Senior Runs like It's His Birthday

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Moon Senior Runs like It's His Birthday

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When most teenagers celebrate a birthday, they open gifts and blow out candles.

Moon Area's Noah Angelo had bigger plans. He put forth the biggest performance of his football career.

On his 18th birthday, Angelo rushed for 264 yards and scored four touchdowns in Moon's 38-23 victory against Blackhawk last Friday. The yardage total was the second most of any WPIAL rusher the opening week of the season. Angelo, a senior, did his damage on 26 carries and found the end zone on runs of 55, 3, 5 and 2 yards.

Angelo and fellow senior Matt Dunning are the primary ball carriers for first-year coach Brendan Hathaway, who made a successful debut after going 37-16 in five seasons at Slippery Rock High School.

HUDSON SHINES

As is usually the case, McKeesport Area's Khaleke Hudson stood out statistically in last Friday's 49-7 rout of 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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