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Athlete of the Week, Sports

Athlete of the Week: Malik Renner

Over his past two games, Junior Halfback Malik Renner has scored 5 touchdowns and rushed nearly 250 yards. His offensive power has helped Northampton High School’s varsity football team secure their first two wins of the 2013 season.

When he was asked if he felt the pressure of playing football on his 17th birthday in the first home game of the 2013 season, Malik said, “I just try to have fun, and try to do my best. It was a motivator having it be my birthday and [the] first home game.”

The motivation and ability to have fun clearly showed as he scored two touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards. Fans have also shown their appreciation by chanting his name after every touchdown he scores. With the two home game wins, Malik said he thinks they have a chance at making it to the playoffs and winning a Western Mass title. A strong team paired with a coaching staff that Malik said “knows football”, he said the football team has a chance.

Assistant coach Ryan Parent said he is an “incredibly gifted and talented player.” Malik helped start the football team’s first winning streak. Blue Devil fans hope this streak will continue on Friday when Northampton (2-2) visits the undefeated Agawam Brownies (4-0).