Agosto running Indians' offense
Lehighton junior quarterback Josh Agosto, left, receives congratulations from head coach George Ebbert for being named the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Agosto completed 9-of-12 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-12 victory over Panther Valley Thursday. Agosto, who has already thrown for 612 yards this season, also scored on a 30-yard touchdown run.
In just his third game as a starter, Lehighton quarterback Josh Agosto put on a show last Thursday in front of a TV audience.
It was his chance to tell the TIMES NEWS area that he was ready to take over the reigns of the Indians' new spread offense.
Agosto had a hand in four of the five touchdowns that Lehighton scored in its 33-12 victory over Panther Valley last week. The junior signal-caller completed 9-of-12 passes for 178 yards and had touchdown throws of 71, 35 and 3 yards. He also found time to pick up 36 yards on the ground, including a 30-yard scoring run of his own.
While helping his team improve to 2-1 was enough for Agosto and the Lehighton area, the TIMES NEWS has taken it one step further by awarding him with the Player of the Week award for week No. 3.
"I think I had a great game," said Agosto. "I think I could have played a little better in my mind, but I was able to do enough to help the team win.
"The short passes were working pretty well. I was also able to roll-out and make some plays on the run."
After scoring on a 30-yard run late in the first quarter, Agosto decided to assault the Panthers through the air in the second. He would hit tight end Jacen Nalesnik for consecutive touchdown throws of 35 and 3 yards before connecting with Anthony Farlore on a 71-yard score seconds before halftime. By the time the Indians headed into the locker room, they had just put together a 23-point quarter and led 33-0.
"Josh does a great job running the offense," said Lehighton head coach George Ebbert. "He is really developing into a real good quarterback and is taking command of the offense.
"I was happy because he is a right-handed quarterback and on the three touchdowns he threw he was rolling out to his left."
Thanks to his recent play, Agosto has earned the trust of Ebbert. So much so that Ebbert gives his quarterback the ability to change some plays at the line of scrimmage. Ebbert said that Agosto has become a 'student of the game' and really understands what the Indians are trying to do offensively.
"I usually go with Coach's decision, but I am glad he gives me the chance to check off," said Agosto. "I am glad he trusts me. I listen to him a lot. He knows what is best for the team."
Agosto has been able to see some of his own improvements as well.
"I have learned to trust my teammates," he said. "You have to in the game of football. You can't do everything yourself.
"I also think I have started to learn how to read defenses better. Both my defensive and offensive coaches have helped me with that."
It has been three years since the Indians have made the playoffs and five years since they have won a playoff game. Though Agosto says he and his teammates are taking it one game at a time, he admitted that he does have the playoffs in the back of his mind.
"I just want to take it one game at a time," Agosto said. "I am looking to get to the playoffs. That is our ultimate goal. But we are just going to take it one game at a time right now."