In a week where Morristown’s Jordan Powell scored an astonishing seven touchdowns in a big win over Chatham, Madison’s Dom Luppino grinded out a tough 200-yards rushing and four TD’s in a thrilling battle against arch rival Hanover Park and a game of perfection for Mendham quarterback Mike Rikkola who went 10 for 10 with 244-yards and four passing touchdowns in a convincing win over Montville, it was difficult for the writers of Morris Sussex Football to come up with the Week 9 Player of the Week. But when we reviewed the game tape of Parsippany Hill’s Angelo Gallego performance in the Viking’s 21-16 upset win over Roxbury, it made it easy.
The senior runningback was a man possessed this weekend as he grinded out punishing run after punishing run against a very physical Roxbury team. In the end, he took the ball an enduring 35 times for 252-yards and a touchdown, and set the tone for a motivated Par Hills team as it heads into the playoffs. The heart Gallego showed as he left every bit of his soul on the field this past weekend, earned him Morris Sussex Football’s Player of the Week. MSF caught up with Gallego to talk about this big win, who the funniest player on his team is and who is role model is.
Morris Sussex Football: How sweet was this win?
Angelo Gallego: This win felt great to beat a great program such as Roxbury. It also gives us huge momentum going into the playoffs
MSF: How did you guys topple such a great team as Roxbury?
AG: The entire team played physical and fast and we just executed on every play we just played Viking football.
MSF: How does it feel to finally be in the playoffs?
AG: It feels good to finally be here but as a senior its bittersweet knowing you may only have three games left of your football career.
MSF: What can we expect from the Vikings in the playoffs?
AG: You can expect us to be hungry to get back to the state finals and prove that we are a real-deal program.
MSF: Coach Albano seems to like playing with a high flying offense with lots of passing and big plays. Does that mimic his personality?
AG: Oh yeah, he is very loud and passionate. You should hear one of his pregame speeches.
MSF: Can he be funny? If so, what have been some funny moments this season?
AG: He has his moments where he cracks a joke once in awhile. Some of the guys were talking about rappers and we asked him who his three favorite rappers were and he responded,” Eminem, Eminem and Eminem” because thats the only one he knows.
MSF: What is the personality of this team?
AG: We are motivated and a close group of friends who play for one another.
MSF: What are it’s best attributes?
AG: Our best attribute is our determination on every play and everything we do.
MSF: Who on your team can beat you in the forty?
AG: The person who would give me a run for my money would be JD Keyes.
MSF: Who can bench press the most?
AG: Ryan Hill he is an absolute animal in the weight room.
MSF: Who makes you laugh the most?
AG: Anthony Barlotta, he is a character.
MSF: What does he say or do that cracks you up?
AG: Knowing Coach Albano’s serious attitude he does and says things nobody would dare do.
MSF: What is your favorite inspirational movie?
AG: There’s no better movie than Friday Night Lights
MSF: If you were going to perform on America’s Got Talent, what would be your act?
AG: Probably being able to juggle.
MSF: What NFL player most resembles your style of play?
AG: My size says Darren Sproles but the way I run is most resembled by Marshawn Lynch and his physical running style.
MSF: Who is your role model?
AG: My mom. No matter how difficult things may seem she always manages to find a way to get things done with the highest quality of work.
MSF: What would being a state champion mean to this team?
AG: A state championship would not only impact this team, it would impact the entire community as both sides of town have never won a championship. So winning the title would be a perfect ending to our senior season.