Lackawanna Trail senior football player Miguel Ella had one of the best games of his high school career in Friday night’s 21-19 win over Old Forge. Ella caught his first ever touchdown pass to put the Lions ahead with 56 seconds left in the game. He then broke up a Blue Devil’s pass that would have swung the game the other way, securing the win and extending the season for the Lions. In recognition of his achievement, Ella has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Senior, 18, Factoryville
Family: Dad Luke, mom Roskee, brothers Joshua (21) and Johan (16)
Do you have any pets? Two cats, Cocoa and BK
Position: Wide receiver and cornerback
What other sports do you play? I am a point guard in basketball and sprinter on the track and field team.
Three reasons why you compete: I compete because I love the game of football, I love spending time with my friends, and I like to win.
Athletes you admire: Kyrie Irving, Odell Beckham, Jr., and Manny Pacquiao
People you’d like to have dinner with, dead or alive: Just Kyrie Irving and Coach Jervis, that’s it.
Who inspires you to be better? My mom because she works real hard and always inspires me to do better in life. She also gives me great advice.
Favorite school subject: Literature with Mrs. Brown
Favorite Movie: “Avengers: Endgame”
Favorite Sports Movie: “My All American”
Favorite Social Media App: Snapchat
Favorite Food: Burritos
What is the best place for post game food? Pump and Pantry in Nicholson, it’s a tradition.
What would be your team anthem? “Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney
Superstitions or Rituals: We pray before every game.
When did you start playing football competitively? In tenth grade I started playing varsity
Favorite field to compete on and why? Our home field, Lions Pride Stadium. I just love the energy, and the support of our community, it is great.
What is your favorite memory? There are two, winning the district championship last year and going to States last year.
Number and reason? I wear #4, not really for any reason.
What is your dream job? To be an NBA player.
What is the coolest place you have traveled to? I am from the Philippines, so the coolest place I ever travelled to is here.
Who are your closest teammates? Jeffery Resto and Nico Berrios
How would you describe Coach Jervis in one word? Competitive
How would he describe you? Fast
What sports quote or motto do you try to live by? “Whatever it takes”
What skill would you like to master? To be able to play every instrument.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Travel around the world
Random fun fact about you: I play the guitar.
I plan to attend Penn State-Scranton majoring in physical therapy. I will probably
play basketball or run track while there.