Caleb Kephart

Name: Caleb Kephart

School: Portage

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: Kephart rushed for 175 yards on 15 carries, scoring 3 touchdowns – one on a fumble return – to lead the Mustangs to a 49-14 win over Blairsville in the opening round of the District 6 Class A playoffs.

Season update: Kephart has rushed 144 times for 1,337 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has caught 12 passes for 194 yards and four scores. With his 23 touchdowns total this year and one two-point conversion, he has amassed 140 points. On defense, he ranks second on the team with 68 tackles and three recovered fumbles.

Coach Gary Gouse’s quote: “He is definitely special. Just when you think someone has a tackle, he gets out of it. He is an all-around great kid. He loves to practice, not a lot of kids do. He makes practice fun and he is very competitive. He really sparks us at practice and I really like that. I think he loves football. He loves playing football.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Burkett

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite movie: “Step-Brothers”

Favorite food: Brownies

Favorite song: Anything by Jason Aldean

Outside interests: Hunting and fishing

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Notre Dame

Pro athlete most admired: Darrelle Revis

Best athlete I ever played with: My current offensive line

Best athlete I ever competed against: Berlin’s Braden Fochtman

Most influential person on my athletic career: My teammate, Joe Randazzo

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning two WestPAC championships in football.

How I got my start in football: I started playing flag football in first grade.

Future goal: Become a physical therapist