From left: BG grads Josh Trybus and Nathan Hagg are part of a unique collegiate football league that has been put on hold because of COVID-19.

In September 2020, the Altoona Mirror reported that former Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School athletes Josh Trybus and Nathan Hagg, who were both players in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, had their senior seasons in the league postponed until the spring of 2021.

Josh Trybus is a member of the CSFL’s University of Pennsylvania team and Nathan Hagg plays on the league’s United States Military Academy Army team at West Point, N.Y.

The Mirror reports that sprint football is a full-contact, intercollegiate varsity sport with the same rules as NCAA football, with the caveat that all players in the CSFL must weigh no more than 178 pounds. The league consists of 10 teams, and has been in existence for over 70 years. 

“It’s definitely disappointing,” Josh said about the postponement. “We just want to hopefully have a season in the spring, and compete then.” He was a member of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 PIAA Class 1A state championship football teams at BG before graduating in 2017, and has been a two-year starter for Penn’s sprint team. He played wide receiver during his sophomore collegiate year and cornerback as a junior, and was planning to become the team’s starting quarterback this past fall.

Nathan, who graduated from BG in 2016 and played on both the Marauders’ 2014 and 2015 state title teams, has been a two-year starter at cornerback for Army’s sprint team. “The main intent for this fall was to preserve the Navy series,” Nathan said. “As of right now, we’re working toward a spring season, but as with everything else, it’s such a fluid environment that anything could change.”

Josh is enrolled in Wharton School of Business at Penn and carries a 3.5 grade-point average. With in-person learning shut down at Penn, he’s taking online classes from home to work toward his degree in finance/business analytics.

Nathan is majoring in defense and strategic studies with a minor in terrorism detection and prevention and is currently ranked among the top 25 percent of his class at Army. He will be graduating from West Point on May 22, 2021. Congrats!