Foreign exchange student gives Logan County Football big playoff run a boost

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Friday will be the first time the Logan County Cougars football team has competed for a chance at the Class 4A State Championship. It is also the first year of football for the player Mattia Giubilato.

“July was the first time I picked up a soccer ball in my life,” Giubilato said. “When I wrote my exchange student papers, I said I played football because football in Italy is like they say it’s football here.”

Logan County kicker Giubilato came here from Piedmont, Italy, he said football made the transition much easier.

“First, that means you have 60 more friends, and without it the experience would probably be 50% of what it is now. “

From the second he saw him kick, head coach Todd Adler knew he had to have him on the squad.

“They (the host family) actually sent me videos of him kicking the house, and I was like, yeah bring him, make sure he s ‘leads Monday, “Adler said. “It was all the work from there. He loved her. We love to have it and it continues to improve every day.

Since arriving in the United States, Mattia has felt right at home in Kentucky.

“I like living here. It’s pretty. It’s really like a cool place. Said Giubilato.“ You know what I mean? I have formed a family that is very similar to mine in Italy. So I really didn’t crack the switch “

Her family, the Battens, are grateful for the program, as since joining the family, she doesn’t even consider Mattia to be an overseas student.

“If you had 5,000 kids lined up right now, we couldn’t have picked a better kid for our family” Her host dad Doug Batten said “I told my wife I said, you know, I mean, I hate to say it, but I’ll miss him when he’s gone, and he’s only been here for a week because he acts like a member of our family.

Logan County will face Boyle County in the state semifinals on Friday, coach Adler thinks Mattia is a big reason for that

“He goes out every day to work his profession and work to improve himself. He is the ultimate competitor. said Adler. “It was really a lot of fun to have on our football team for sure.”

After coming to America, his eyes were opened to so many other opportunities

“I never aspired to make a living. Before coming here, I was thinking in my life, for example, to find a job, to go to university or college. Mattia said. “But now I see so many similar paths in front of me, really, that these experiences really open up these, like, college football career, go back to Italy, I have so many ways I can take now. “

Giubilato is currently working on his return to the United States for his final year, but so far he has only one goal in mind.

“My big dream is to come back to Italy with a ring.”

Kick-off against Boyle County is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.

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