You’ve been a big part of the Comets’ turn-around in the past two seasons. What does it mean to you and to the team to be regularly winning?
“Myself, growing up, playing youth football, my team always used to win. So when I first came here — as a freshman I wasn’t on the varsity team but sophomore year we went 3-7. After all those losses, it was really hard. I hate losing. It really feels good this year to be part of something that’s going really well.”
You’re racking up three or four touchdowns most games. How does it feel to cross that goal line and hear thousands of people cheer for you?
“It feels pretty good. All that work we put in during the off-season and with my team at practice every single week… just trusting the game plan and everything feels great knowing that you could provide for your team, your teammates, your coaches, and the community.”
What is the most important piece of advice have you received from coaches that has affected how you approach the game?
“They know what kind of player I am and what I can do, so they just told me to trust myself and trust my offensive line.”
A running back doesn’t thrive unless he has a good offensive line. Who is the linemen you can always count on to make space for you to run?
“I know they’re going to come to practice with a great attitude, they’re going to get better. They just want to work. What I can expect from them Game Day is they’re going to open up some holes for me, so I have to produce.”
Who are they guys you can always count on?
“Russell Hellinger. I think he’s a two-year starter. His younger brother, Jared Hellinger, has stepped up — he’s a sophomore only who went straight from freshman football to Friday nights. We’ve got Jacob Frankowski, who is pretty good. Kyle Ketz, he’s a first-year starter this year who has really stepped up. And our center, Jaret Prete, he’s been a good piece this year.”
Who are the team’s unsung heroes?
“Starting on the defense side, Aidan Johnson at middle linebacker… he’s a great-style junior middle linebacker and I think he’s made a lot of big plays this season and helped us out… Nathan Soto’s been a great piece on the defensive side and also he steps up on the offensive side of the ball blocking-wise. Our quarterback, Jimmy Schill — we have a new quarterback this year who’s definitely been able to help us because he’s able to use his feet as well as his arms.”
What’s your advice to the younger players across all Amherst teams who look up to you?
“Just don’t give up what you want to keep doing. Even if you’re losing, try being that person who turns things around.”
Tell us about your plans for the future.
“I definitely want to play college football somewhere. But in college I want to do either nursing or something in the business field… business, I feel like you can do a lot with a business degree, and nursing I feel there’s always going to be jobs open.”
Olmsted Falls dished out a 27-2 loss Friday. What was the feeling in the locker room, knowing Amherst can’t go undefeated now?
“We were all down after the loss. No one on the team really played up to our potential. It was really frustrating because I don’t feel we’re 25 points worse than Olmsted Falls but we were all a little sour after the game. We just have to come back with a great attitude this week.”
Any words for the Comets fans who support the team at every game, win or lose?
“No matter who we’re playing and what kind of situation it is, we’re going to come and give it our all. From this point on in the season, we have four games left in the season guaranteed and we’re going to give it our all.”
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.