Lawhead produces for Altoona

Name: Mitchell Lawhead

School: Altoona Area

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: Lawhead scored five touchdowns — three rushing, one on a pass reception and one on a fumble return — to help Altoona top Carlisle, 49-42 in double overtime. He scored the game-tying touchdown and scored in both OTs. He rushed for 156 yards and had 68 receiving yards.

Season update: He’s rushed for 553 yards on 117 carries and caught 16 passes for 235 yards. He’s scored 14 total touchdowns for the 3-3 Mountain Lions.

Coach Nick Felus’ quote: “Mitch is an outstanding student-athlete. What sets him apart is his work ethic. He practices at such a high level, which sets an example for our team. His dedication in the weight room and to our summer conditioning program is second to none. He’s a relentless competitor and is our team leader.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Lowe

Favorite subject: History

Favorite movie: “Division III: Football’s Finest”

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker

Outside interests: Lifting, skiing, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Browns

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Pat Tillman

Best athlete I ever competed against: Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s CJ Thorpe

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad and Mike Adams (track coach)

Proudest athletic achievement: Getting a Division I-AA football offer

How got my start in football: Hollidaysburg Area YMCA flag football

Future goal: To have a successful academic and athletic career in college

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