Here’s my Q&A with Academy Park coach Jason Vosheski from earlier in the week.
Do you expect Interboro will come out with a sense of urgency this time?
“They haven’t beaten us in however long and they’re not going to let that happen
twice in one year. They’re going to come out fired up. For us, it’s lose and you’re done, and it could be the same thing for them. There’s that extra motivation right there. Win and you keep playing, lose and you’re done. We have to match that intensity.”
The last time you played Interboro, they had a lot of success in the second half throwing the ball. Do you expect they’ll come out and attack with their passing game?
“I think they’re going to go back to what they do best. I think they’re going to ride (fullback Sonny) Armstrong. I think the passing they did in the second half, a lot of that was predicated on the score. If it’s a closer game, I don’t know if the same formations and the same passes occur. Maybe it does, but typically it has not with Interboro. I see them riding Armstrong as far as they can take them and (establishing) their running game.”
What makes TE Rashon Fentress so difficult to stop?
“He’s big, he’s got good hands, he’s got decent speed and he’s an angry person when he’s running the ball. You can’t tackle the kid high. If you tackle him, you have to wrap him up. That’s one thing we didn’t do. You can’t just run into him and expect him to go down. He doesn’t weight 140 pounds. He’s a big kid. He’s a very good player.”
Are you players mentally prepared to embrace the atmosphere of playing on a big stage — and at home — with a trip to the district championship game on the line?
“I don’t know, to tell you the truth. It’s always hard beating a team twice in one year. Obviously, I think that’s working against us. I don’t know if last week’s game (against Upper Moreland) helped us at all. For whatever reason … not to say we seemed disinterested, but we were down from the week before. Maybe that’s because we played Glen Mils and Interboro back-to-back weeks and we were phyiscally and emotionally exhausted, then we had to play a team that was bigger than us and who was going to power run. Maybe we were a little overwhelmed by the home game. I don’t know. But it did change in the second half. Maybe the light bulb will go on and we’ll realize how good we can be because we can be very good.”
Is everyone healthy?
“Yes. Knock on wood. When we played them four years ago in the playoffs (a 28-0 loss), (All-Delco) Jeremiah Lowery, our right tackle as a sophomore, tears his knee in practice on like Monday. So we went into the game with a senior at right tackle who never played ever other than extra point. We were actually talking about this. He actually did well, but he wasn’t Jeremiah. Not like it would have made a difference in that game.”