Hawkins senior Amahgee Kegler is a dual-sport athlete who is also class president (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

Hawkins senior Amahgee Kegler used his talent and leadership skills to make the Hawks football team a contender in the Metro League. His abilities at the running back position helped the Hawks earn a 5-5 overall record and a 3-1 Metro League record.

“I try to lead the best way I can,” Kegler said. “Even when we’re down, somebody still got to step up to be there and I’m gonna be there every time.”

This season, he was a major key to the Hawks’ running game, making 121 carries for 1055 yards and 11 touchdowns. Kegler averaged 8.7 yards per carry. He also made 10 receptions for 170 yards and secured one touchdown reception.

On defense, Kegler made 22 solo tackles, 31 total stops, and 3.0 tackles for loss. Coming to the varsity squad as a sophomore in 2021, he had to learn different positions and how to be a leader.

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“It wasn’t an easy road to get, I came in as a lineman,” Kegler said. “I showed dedication … I worked my butt off over this offseason.”

A highlight for Kegler was when he was named MVP during his junior season. Being a student athlete means prioritizing academic achievement.

“You can have all the talents in the world as far as on the field or basketball … but what about with your grades,” Kegler said. “You got to be able to play on the field and off the field and I think that’s what a lot of coaches look at, they want the grades too.”

Kegler dedicated this season to his late mother. He has been excelling for the football team and as a student. He is the class president and an honor roll student with a 3.8 GPA. Being motivated and dedicated helps Kegler balance all his obligations.

“My mother passed away, that’s my drive. My grandma passed away in 2019 but my mother’s death is fresh,” he said. “How can you go from living with one person to waking up to them gone? It’s like there is no stopping.”

Kegler also competes for the Hawks boys basketball team. He along with his team are taught to play at every position. Competing in both football and basketball has improved Kegler’s endurance and ability to run.

Kegler aspires to be successful regardless if he reaches the NFL or not.

“I want to be motivational to other people, just giving people a better chance at life,” he said. “I just want to show them that it’s a difference, you can do something better and way positive.”