TD Man Took Care of Business on Field

School: Lafayette High

Grade: 12

Sport: Football

Academics: Mason has a 3.8 GPA (the highest on the football team) and scored 24 on the ACT.

Parents: Angie & Adam

No wonder Lafayette High had its best football season in 30 years in 2015. Leading the Generals to the State final for only the third time in school history were junior quarterback Walker Wood, who accounted for 42 touchdowns, and massive tackle Landon Young, who has committed to Kentucky.

But the best of the lot may be senior Mason Alstatt, a two-way starter who amassed a highlight reel of spectacular touchdowns.

Mason, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back and safety, rushed for 1,600 yards and 17 TDs despite playing only safety until the season’s fourth game.

He also returned seven kicks for scores and caught three TD passes.

In his career as a four-year starter, he scored rushing, receiving, on kickoff and punt returns and even returned a fumble for a score.

Against Dunbar, he returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a TD on the last play of the first half.

He was named the Player of the Year in Fayette County and also earned second-team All-State honors at running back and was second in the voting for Kentucky Mr. Football.

The highlight of his career? That’s easy, Mason said.

In a 41-14 loss to Trinity in Louisville, Mason scored Lafayette’s only two TDs on kickoff returns.

“My dad went to Trinity so I had to have a big game against them,” Mason said about his father, Adam, who was a high school state wrestling champion.

State champ? Mason was a national champion as a 10-year-old when the Idle Hour Ravens of the Parks and Recreation league won the title.

At Lafayette, Mason was not only the fastest player on the team, he was the smartest. Four years in a row, he had the team’s highest among his classmates.

He carried a 3.8 GPA after his junior year and scored 24 on the ACT. Academics played a crucial role in his college choice.

He will play at Wofford College, an academically rigorous liberal arts school in South Carolina.

He’s considering a career in business, following in his mother’s footsteps. Angie owns Queen Bee gift shop where Mason helps with store stock.

Since an early age, Mason has impressed Angie with his prodigious work ethic.

“After a long day of school and football practice, he will come home and sit at the table and do his homework,” Angie said.

A speedy back who hits like a linebacker and brings an all-star work ethic to the classroom? Sounds like Wofford got a winner in Mason Alstatt.

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