McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


October 2, 2013

Josh Peckio lives for contact



“You don’t go out there and play for yourself. You’re playing for your buddy right next you.”

Peckio spent the rest of the 2011-12 school year regaining strength in his knee, working with Buffs coach Austin Maddux and participating in McAlester’s winter powerlifting program.

Peckio continued powerlifting for the 2012-13 year, qualifying for the state competition in the 242-pound weight class.

“He’s one of those guys that does everything we ask him to do,” Buffs coach Bryan Pratt said.

“He’s a good kid, works hard for us, made some plays for us and really helped out.”

Though Peckio had made varsity as a freshman, he saw little playing time, then lost his sophomore year to injury. He said he really started to feel like a Buffalo during McAlester’s 2012 season-opener at Stillwater.

“I go to find Coach (Kevin) Harmon, but all I notice is all the people behind him in the stands,” Peckio said of that game.

Peckio didn’t start as a junior, but he got enough minutes coming off the sideline that when he returned as a senior, Coach Pratt said it was almost like getting back a starter. Peckio took some snaps on the offensive line earlier this season, but he’s since returned to play exclusively on the defensive line.

It’s taken McAlester’s defense a few games to gel this season, but it took a huge step forward Friday against Noble.

“They ran sweep away from me in the fourth quarter, and I get the block-down from the backside guard and go flat down the hill,” Peckio said of a play against Noble, breaking into a big smile. “Robby (Stephens) is going in to make the tackle, the guy tries to side-step him and I take his helmet off of his head.”

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