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Damon Braniff

October 2, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

Name: Damon Braniff

School: Glendale

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: Braniff rushed for a school-record 303 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Vikings' 37-6 victory over Claysburg-Kimmel.

Season update: Braniff has rushed for 637 yards on 89 carries and has scored seven touchdowns. He also has caught four passes for 47 yards for the 3-2 Vikings.

Coach Matt Irvine's quote: "I think he's a big piece of the offense we need if we want to play like we did Friday and have success. That's the Damon we've expected and have been waiting to see all year. If he keeps that up, we should be alright the rest of the way."

Favorite teacher: Coach Kutz

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: "Friday Night Lights"

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite song: Anything by Slipknot

Outside interests: Basketball, hanging with friends, playing Xbox

Favorite professional team: Denver Broncos

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Terrell Davis

Best athlete I ever played with: Doug Twigg

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellwood-Antis' Casey Gray

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom and dad

Proudest athletic achievement: Being the fourth player all-time to rush for 1,000 yards at Glendale

How I got my start in football: My dad created the Glendale youth organization when I was in fifth or sixth grade

Future goal: To go to college and get a physical education or athletic training degree

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