Trib’s Boys Athlete of the Week |

Trib’s Boys Athlete of the Week

Fred Bacco

School: Baldwin

Class: Senior

Sport : Football

Notable: Bacco rushed for a career-high 291 yards and three touchdowns as Baldwin upset No. 1 Penn Hills 21-14 Saturday night on the road. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound tailback scored the game-winner on an 8-yard run with 21 seconds left to lift Baldwin’s record to 3-1, 1-1 and move Baldwin to the No. 7 ranking in the WPIAL Class AAAA. He has ran for 678 yards in four games.

For his effort, Bacco is the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Male Athlete of the Week. Tune into Fox Sports Net for more coverage of Bacco on Pittsburgh Sports Tonight.

Give him the ball: On Baldwin’s winning drive, Bacco carried the ball 11 consecutive times until he scored.

“When it was crunch time, he wanted the ball,” first-year Baldwin coach Mike Silianoff said. “He’s a warrior. He’s all blood and guts, and he has a mental toughness I’ve never seen before.”

As a junior, Bacco carried the ball for 1,468 yards and led Baldwin to a 4-6 record and a WPIAL playoff berth.

“Our line up front has a lot of experience,” Bacco said. “And I can see the field better this year.”

Complete package: Bacco also made key plays against Penn Hills as the starting corner for the Fighting Highlanders. “He made huge plays on defense,” Silianoff said. “I’ve seen faster and bigger guys, but in terms of the complete package he’s one of the best. What sets him apart is his heart. Freddy rises to the occasion.”

College duo: Bacco wants to play in college. However he said he’ll only go where his friend and O-line center, Ryan Buzzelli, can go with him.

“We’re a package deal,” he said. “We’re both going to be at the same school. We grew up together.” Bacco said both he and Buzzelli have offers.

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