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Male Athlete of the Week: Patrick Messinger
by Chase Wallace
September 05, 2012 02:15 PM | 1681 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff  / Erin Gray. Patrick Messinger
Staff / Erin Gray. Patrick Messinger
While Mount Pisgah’s offense may have stolen the show by putting up 55 points in their week 1 win over Mount Vernon Presbyterian, the defense was just as impressive — holding the opposition to 174 total yards and not allowing a point with the first teamers on the field.

Leading the stingy defensive effort was Patrick Messinger, a junior defensive back that racked up six individual tackles from his cornerback position and made one of the plays of the game on defense.

“[Mount Vernon] tried to throw one out in the flat and Patrick came up and made a heck of a play,” said Mount Pisgah football coach Doug Dixon. “He picked it off, looked up, found his blockers, and took it all the way to the house about 50 yards.”

Messinger, a third-year starter, also returned three punts in the game for a total of 75 yards.

Dixon went on to say that Messinger’s success as a football player isn’t built around an imposing physical frame (he stands just 5-foot-9 and weighs a slight 160 pounds), but revolves around his old-fashioned approach to the game.

“He’s not real big, but he is a gritty kid with a ton of mental and physical toughness. He’s hard nosed and knows how to play the game the right way.”

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