Trib HS Insider Q&A: Steel Valley's Patrick O'Malley
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Patrick O'Malley sometimes gets overlooked as the quarterback in a run-first Steel Valley offense. But if the senior proved anything last week, it was that he can be a playmaker just as much as a game manager. He threw a career-high four touchdown passes in the Ironmen's 40-36 win over Quaker Valley.
It was a win Steel Valley needed, especially after consecutive blowout losses to Century Conference leaders South Fayette and Seton-La Salle.
Q: What was it like to finally break that two-game losing streak?
A: It was real tough, especially against two tough conference opponents like that. The whole offseason, we were training hard to come out hard against South Fayette and Seton-La Salle, and it was very disappointing to lose to them like that my senior season, but we're just going to try to come back and make a strong run for the playoffs.
Q: How important was it for you to have a breakout game last week?
A: It felt real good, actually. Those four touchdown passes, that was the first time I had a game like that as a starter and I felt good. I felt like I had all my teammates behind me all the time, and it felt good after a hard-fought game like that.
Q: Do you almost feel like the forgotten man sometimes considering you are a run-first team?
A: It can be a little frustrating at times, but as a senior quarterback, I just try to do whatever it takes to win. If we have to run the ball every single play and we come out with a victory, I'm fine with that at the end of the day.
Q: Are any colleges looking at you?
A: I've been to Akron once or twice and, mainly, I'm just getting questionaires right now. Hopefully, after the season I'll be able to get some more interest.
Q: How important is it for you to make a playoff run?
A: Steel Valley hasn't really had a team in the last few years make it past the first round, and the last time was (2007) and myself and my teammates want to be the team that turns it around and hopefully goes to Heinz Field.
Q: What do you like to do when you're not playing football?
A: Hang out with my girlfriend and relax and play video games.
Q: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
A: Hopefully at a good university studying law and playing football.
Q: Do you have any pregame rituals?
A: I always try to say a couple prayers, and I always try to put the eye-black on. It's like a good luck charm.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- HSFB preview by position: Central Valley’s Whitehead among nation’s best defensive backs
- Penn-Trafford football has championship expectations
- Gorman: Quaker Valley’s Jackson a dual threat
- Norwin football looks to restore pride
- Key injury to pivotal starter forces Serra Catholic to regroup
- Freeport’s Hochbein twins bring experience on both sides of ball
- Gorman: Fox Chapel has ‘two best linebackers’
- HSFB preview by position: Transition to defensive line no easy task
- High school notebook: Highlands’ Martin harbors unique pet
- McKeesport looks solid against strong camp competition
- HSFB preview by position: Size isn’t the only measure of LBs’ talent