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Haden DeGennaro

November 20, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

Name: Haden DeGennaro

School: Bellwood-Antis

Age: 18

Grade: 12

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: In helping his team beat Bishop Guilfoyle, 19-6, in the District 6 Class A semifinals, DeGennaro picked off a pass to stop one Marauder drive, and recovered a fumble on another drive to stop them. Both drives were deep in Bellwood territory, too.

Season update: He has four interceptions for the season. Offensively, he has rushed for 505 yards on 54 carries. He has seven receptions for 189 yards. He has totaled seven touchdowns.

Coach John Hayes' quote: "He provides so much for us, a lot of diversity on offense. We use him a lot for counters and things. Defensively, he has come on so strong the last half of the year. We put him in and he makes big plays. He has a nose for the ball and very athletic. Not just this past week, the last 4-5 weeks he has made a lot of big plays for us, and not just on the defensive side."

Favorite teacher: Mr. Partner

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: "The Campaign"

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: Anything by Mike Stud

Outside interests: Hunting and fishing

Favorite professional team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite college team: Oregon

Pro athlete most admired: Dez Bryant

Best athlete I ever played with: Casey Gray

Best athlete I ever competed against: Glendale's Damon Braniff

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Joe and Christy

Proudest athletic achievement: Going to the Federation World Series in baseball with my Martin Oil team.

How I got my start in football: Started playing football in sixth grade.

Future goal: Go to college and would like to play football.

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