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Eric Read | Athlete of the Week

By on October 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Pictured is the Republic-Times Athlete of the Week, Eric Read, snagging a pass in Saturday’s playoff win over Mt. Carmel. (Mark Hodapp photo)

Columbia football player Eric Read is this week’s Republic-Times Athlete of the Week.

The Columbia wide receiver will never forget Saturday’s Class 4A playoff game against Mt. Carmel.

A 6-1, 165 pound senior, Read scored four touchdowns, leading Columbia to a 57-22 victory at Columbia High School.

He scored all four of his touchdowns from almost every possible vantage point. He caught one touchdown pass; scored another on a punt return; and returned an interception for a touchdown. He also added a 30-yard touchdown for good cause.

Read also recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and had two interceptions in his first defensive duty this season with the Eagles.

“What can you say? ‘Wow,’ that’s all I can say,” Columbia coach Scott Horner said when asked to assess Read’s performance. “The kid’s explosive and that’s the first time he’s had to play defense all year with (Reed) Greatting going down; we had to put some different guys in different spots. He’s just an explosive kid and he got us going with the punt return and the interception for a touchdown. I can’t say enough. Where do you even start?”

On Saturday, Read will be looking to duplicate his efforts when Columbia plays at Harriburg in the second round of the playoffs.

Mark Hodapp

Sports Editor