A lot of Good in a small package
Altoona wideout ready for Lezzer Lumber game
Standing 5-foot-7 and weighing in at a modest 150 pounds, Kyle Good gives away a lot in height and weight to opponents on the football field.
But the Altoona Area High School graduate — who led the Mirror coverage region in receptions with 56 for 576 yards (a 10.8 yards-per-catch average) and eight touchdowns as a senior last fall — doesn’t ever give it much thought.
“In mostly every game the past couple years, I’ve been one of the smallest kids on the field,” said Good, who will participate in Friday night’s 33rd annual Lezzer Lumber Classic for the South squad at Mansion Park. “But it really doesn’t bother me, though.”
Good — a two-year, two-way starter for Altoona at wide receiver and defensive back — more than compensates for any size disadvantage that he faces with a splendid repertoire of work ethic, speed, shiftiness, coordination and attention to detail.
“He’s a very determined athlete,” Altoona coach Nick Felus, who is also serving as an assistant coach for the South squad, said of Good. “He’s a competitor. He knows his abilities, and he’s a kid who, when he’s on the field, (opponents have) to know where he is, and they have to account for him, because if they don’t, he’s going to make plays to beat them.”
Good brings a rare type of agility to his duties on the football field. He was also Altoona’s top-seeded boys varsity tennis player this past school year.
“Playing tennis actually helps me with my cuts and jukes (in football) because you have to go from side-to-side,” Good said. “I feel like my strengths are that I’m shifty and that I tend to get open easily.”
Felus said that is attributable to the fact that Good is such an excellent pass route-runner.
“He does a great job with his double moves, and he’s a really polished route-runner,” Felus said. “His work ethic is second to none — he goes 100 percent every play in practice. He really understands route-running, he’s a tough matchup, he’s extremely quick, excellent on his feet, and once he makes the catch, he’ll always make the first (defender) miss. He has a real good first step.”
Versatility is also a part of Good’s game.
“He has a good knowledge of the game,” said Felus, who took over the Altoona program in 2016. “We put in a new system last year, and he picked it up extremely quickly. He has a high football IQ, and when a player understands the game as well as he does, it enables him to be very multiple — we could move him around.
“He played defensive back, he was a punt returner, and a placekicker for us,” Felus said. “He’s a very talented athlete. He’s a team player, and he’s reliable.”
Good — who carried a 3.7 grade-point average in the classroom in high school — was awarded the Joseph F. Cohen Blanket as Altoona’s most valuable senior football player for the 2016 season.
He was also named an Altoona Mirror All-Star in both football and tennis.
Good plans to continue his education as a business major and football career as a wideout this fall at Susquehanna University, but is excited to play one last high school game in the Lezzer Lumber Classic.
“It’s another opportunity to play a last high school football game with a bunch of other kids from the area,” Good said. “It seems like a lot of fun.”
Lezzer Lumber Classic
Where: Mansion Park
When: Friday night
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Coaches: South team — Bob Hearn, Williamsburg High School; North team — Tim Janocko, Clearfield High School
Noteworthy: This is the 33rd annual Lezzer Lumber Classic and features top recently-graduated high school players from throughout northern and central Pennsylvania. The South team won last season’s game, 37-15, at Mansion Park.