Big O-linemen paving the way for undefeated Johnstown


Often times during the high school football season, the runningbacks, quarterbacks, or wide-receivers shine in the spot-light since the positions yield the most touchdowns. So, some of the biggest guys on the field may get overlooked. However, at Johnstown High School, it’s impossible to overlook two offensive linemen Jeff Nogaj and Alex Catalagno, who the team calls “The Biggins.”

The two share a unique chemistry, and both admit they could be brothers. Jeff stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 315 pounds, and Alex charts 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 325 pounds.

Alex said, “we’re practically the same person…coach calls us twins, just because we both act the same…there’s nothing really like the bond we have.”

The Fighting Johnnies are undefeated heading into the playoffs and Jeff and Alex are a big reason why. The team’s offense totals over 3000 rushing yards this season with “The Biggins” leading the offensive line.

Johnstown head coach Mike Carter says it’s not only Jeff and Alex’s physical size that makes them so special, but it’s the size of their hearts and love for the team.

Carter said, “with their hard work and having positive attitudes with it, they’ve just grown an incredible chemistry between the two of them, and that’s something they’re going to remember for a lifetime.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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