Canon-McMillan coach Mike Evans is a big fan of Ryan Angott as a person and as a football player.
Just don’t lump hairstyle into that admiration.
“I’m not really a fan of his hair,” Evans said. “He’s a good, tough All-American kid, and then he looks like the Joker. It doesn’t fit him.”
But once Angott puts his helmet on, Evans couldn’t care less about Angott’s curly red hair, which he sometimes puts in a bun. While Angott is the Joker to some, his game is no joke, and he has firmly planted himself as one of the best running backs in WPIAL Class 6A.
Angott is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior who enters Week 5 as the leading rusher in the classification. He’s coming off a monstrous performance in last week’s 45-14 win at Hempfield which improved the Big Macs to 2-1. Angott carried the ball 22 times for 261 yards and a school-record five touchdowns. The scores came on runs of 31, 5, 8, 24 and 2 yards. This came after Angott was held out of the end zone the first two games.
“It was a thrill,” said Angott, who scored four touchdowns once last season, tying the record. “I haven’t been in the end zone in a while, so to have five in one game was pretty cool.”
Through three games, Angott has rushed for 453 yards and is averaging 8.1 yards a carry. His 151 yards per game ranks first among all Class 6A and 5A players.
“He does a good job of putting football in the ground, getting vertical and getting 3 when 3 is there,” said Evans. “If he can get 4 or 5 or 6, he’s going to do it. He’s a really good back and he understands his assignments. He has a high football IQ.”
Angott, who rushed for 896 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore, deflected praise onto an offensive line that brought back four starters and features senior tackles Connor McMahon and Austin Mankey. McMahon is a Navy recruit. Matt Brooks is a promising sophomore who starts at left guard.
And when it comes to his hair, Angott said that he’s actually doing his coach a favor by letting it grow out.
“Even he says, the more and more I look like the Joker, the better I play,” Angott said. “I’ve been trying to grow it out, but it’s in a weird stage right now. Some parents say I look like Heath Ledger.”
This article (and photo) was written and released by Brad Everett from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found here.
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