OWEGO (WBNG) — Nicknamed the ‘Freight Train’ at Owego Free Academy, 12 Sports’ Athlete of the Week is hard to miss on the football field and even more difficult to tackle. His name is Gio Fabi, he might not be the most well-known name on the Indians, but he is a big reason why Owego is 3-1 and ranked in the top 25 in Class B.
The Owego offense has started fast start in 2018 averaging 34 points per game. Junior Gio Fabi has helped lead the charge. In the Indians win Friday over Chenango Valley, Fabi ran for 176 yards on 17 carries and had three touchdowns, but he won’t let you think that he did all the work.
“(The offensive line) made holes for us,” said Owego junior running back Gio Fabi. “They made it possible. Cameron Bundy, he had a great week too, It was exciting, homecoming, we had a big crowd out there, and it was a good time.”
Listed at 6-foot-2, 262 pounds Fabi hits the ground with a head full of steam. The big man certainly living up to the hype.
“I’m a big guy so my momentum carries me pretty far,” said Fabi. “I don’t really get too nervous if I see a guy who is smaller than me, coming at my hips or anything higher, I have the mentality that I am going to run him over and get to the next level.”
Fabi also is a standout defensively for the Indians. On Friday, Fabi finished six tackles and one forced fumble.
“I am a quicker guy for my size so the opposing team’s offensive line, it is tough for them to handle because I am quicker off the ball,” said Fabi. “I am quick with my hands, and it’s just an all-around great time.”
“He works really hard,” said Owego head coach Steve Virkler. “He didn’t miss a day in the weight room this summer, and he was by far our best leader in there, every single day during the summer, and you know he has gone to several different camps throughout the year, and that is paying off for him. He is having a great start to the season, and hopefully we can keep that going.”
It’s a top 25 showdown Saturday afternoon when Fabi and the Indians try to hand Maine-Endwell its first loss of the season. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Maine-Endwell High School