June 6, 2013
Opposing offensive coordinators could be forgiven for thinking there was more than one No. 57 jersey on the field when they played against Port Allegany last fall.
It only seemed that way once they saw Alex Gular in action, wrapping up a ballcarrier in the backfield on one play and then racing downfield to break up a pass attempt on the next.
During his Gator career, the 5-9, 170-pound Gular did everything from returning kickoffs to catching a touchdown pass while filling in at fullback. But his most notable work was at linebacker, where the runner-up for the Olean Times Herald Big 30 Defensive Player of the Year award led the team in tackles for the second consecutive season, averaging nine stops – and several big hits – per game.
“Alex is a terror,” Port coach Mike Bodamer said after one typical performance. “He’s basically my defensive captain. He just plays so hard – a little crazy once in a while,” he added with a grin, “but Alex is just all over the place.”
A two-time Allegheny Mountain League All-Star, Gular was also selected to the Pennsylvania Football News All-State third team following the Gators’ stellar campaign, while his selection for the Big 30 squad came with an invitation to the Don Raabe Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic.
Gular was also a four-time AML All-Star, three-time District 9 champion and two-time Big 30 All-Star in wrestling, placing sixth at the PIAA State Championships in March. According to the Raabe Classic release, he plans to continue his mat career at Lycoming College, where he intends to earn a degree in biology and ultimately specialize in the study of reptiles.
Per the release, “Alex is excited to play with the best players in the bi-state area and to be recognized for his accomplishments. One of the Big 30’s most prolific hitters, he has been credited with over 100 tackles in each of his last two seasons. Alex enjoys working on cars, hunting and fishing in his spare time. He is a fan of the Miami Dolphins and Zach Thomas.”