Athlete of the Week – Kaleb Susko
Name: Kaleb Susko
Susko’s Week: Susko had arguably the best game of his senior season, throwing four touchdown passes in a 33-26 loss to Fort Cherry in a WPIAL Class A Black Hills Conference game.
Susko threw his fourth touchdown pass, a 32-yarder to A.J., Meyers with 2:28 left in the game that gave Chartiers-Houston a 26-25 lead. But Koltan Kobrys caught a 14-yard touchdown pass with two seconds remaining to snatch the victory for Fort Cherry.
Susko threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Miles Williamson, the first of three to the 6-4 senior. Susko also hit Williamson with a 28-yard score in the first quarter and a 19-yarder in the third.
The Bucs finished the season with a 6-4 record and in fifth place in the conference.
Joy of Competition: Even though it was a heartbreaking loss and he wished he could have changed the ending, Susko said this was a memorable game.
“It was a lot of fun to play in,” said Susko. “It was close all the way. We played our hearts out. Our goal at the beginning of the season was to continue to get better. We made our best game the last one.”
It’s no surprise Susko found Williamson for three of the four touchdown passes. The two have had an uncanny sense of where each other will be in the passing game. Williamson has 39 receptions for 559 yards and nine touchdowns, finishing the regular season as the 10th-best receiver in the WPIAL.
“It feels like you have a Calvin Johnson-type receiver,” said Susko. “He’s so tall. Sometimes, I feel it’s not fair when I throw to him against those little defenders.”
Susko then let out a little chuckle.
His father’s son: Susko’s father, Mike, also played football for Chartiers-Houston.
How talented was he?
“They tell me he was pretty good,” said Susko, who was a two-year starter for the Bucs. “He says he has the record for interceptions at the school, but it’s not written down anywhere.”
As a good luck charm, Susko wears one of the T-shirts his father had when he played on the Chartiers-Houston varsity.
“It’s Old Gold with a Buccaneer on it,” said Susko. “I’m sure it was a good shirt at one point.”
Choices: Susko is a talented baseball player. His size – 5-8 and 155 pounds – probably makes that sport a more practical way to receive scholarship money for college.
He has played shortstop and is expected to win his fourth letter in the spring. He also plays on the Red Wings, a traveling team based at South Fayette High School.
“I’ve had some Division II and D-3 schools contact me,” he said. “I haven’t made up my mind yet.”
Compiled by Joe Tuscano