There may not be a quality in a football player that is more crucial to success than toughness–mental and physical. Luckily for the varsity football team, Eagle senior running back and linebacker Max Hudson is about as tough as they come.
Max has been a pivotal piece towards the success of the 7-3 Eagles this season, accounting for 13 offensive touchdowns. He has been a workhorse on defense as well, making countless tackles and running an intercepted pass back for a touchdown against Calvin Christian in week 8.
This 2019 season is Max’s second full season as a varsity football player. He played at the same positions on last year’s 8-2 conference champion team. This year, however, has been Hudson’s breakout season without a doubt. He has stepped into the “star” role and filled it perfectly by playing classy, but hard-nosed football. The first tackler with a chance to make a hit on Max almost never takes him down.
The Eagles took on Northpointe Christian at home on Friday in the first round of the playoffs. In a tight, down-to-the-wire match-up, the play of ol’ #8 turned out to be critical. Max accounted for both Eagle touchdowns, including a 12 yard receiving touchdown on a screen pass that looked near dead in the water before Hudson made a defender miss in the backfield and rumbled into the end zone. The senior delivered his usual performance on defense, flying around the field and shutting down the opposing team’s runs with big sticks at the line of scrimmage. The varsity team clinched a 14-8 win in the final minute, advancing to the district finals for the first time since 2017.
Before the game last Friday, Max was crowned the victor in an MLive poll to determine the most dangerous player in the Muskegon area heading into the playoffs. He finished with 17,424 votes, edging out the next closest competitor by over 4000. He went out onto the field on Friday night and proved that he deserved his newly accrued “most dangerous player” title.
The varsity football team travels to Pewamo-Westphalia to take on the Pirates in a district final match-up next week. The date and time of the game are T.B.D. The Eagles look to take down perennial power PW in a bid for their first district championship in the current era. They will need Hudson to continue to perform at the same high level he has been all season in order to achieve their goal of “survive-and-advance” in this year’s MHSAA Football playoffs.