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Gripp is big-time performer

Name: Damon Gripp

School: Tyrone Area

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: Gripp caught five passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns in Tyrone’s season-opening win over Bellefonte. Gripp also intercepted two passes.

Season update: Tyrone (1-0) plays at Clearfield this Friday.

Coach John Franco’s quote: “It was an outstanding performance. Damon is a gamer, and he is a clutch player who always comes up with a big play no matter what sport he’s playing. He wants the ball in clutch situations. He’s earned it. There’s no harder worker. He’s always first in a lot of our drills, and he leads by example and is tough as nails.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Gruber

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite movie: “Tenet”

Favorite food: Roast beef sandwich

Favorite song: “Way Back”

Outside interests: Basketball and focusing on school

Favorite professional team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite college team: Kentucky

Pro athlete most admired: Davante Adams

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellefonte native Dereck Lively II

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, George Gripp

Proudest athletic achievement: Making it to the district championship in basketball

How I got my start in football: Got started with pee wee football in third grade.

Future goal: Get a college scholarship at a good school

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