Trib HS Insider Q&A: Mt. Pleasant's Taylor Allison
Mt. Pleasant senior running back Taylor Allison ran for three touchdowns in the Vikings' 48-28 win over Burrell in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs last week. This season, Allison has rushed 65 times for 741 yards and 13 touchdowns, second on the team to Tyler Mellors.
On Friday, Allison and the Vikings will take on top-seeded Aliquippa in a quarterfinal game at Peters Township High School.
Q: Last week's win was Mt. Pleasant's first playoff victory since 2009. How great was it to get that elusive postseason victory?
A: It was a big win for us, but we've got a bigger game this week.
Q: How did you and your teammates take care of business against Burrell?
A: We just came out in the first half ready to go, and we finished the game with intensity.
Q: What do you have to do in order to beat a powerhouse team like Aliquippa?
A: We have to practice hard all week. We're very confident.
Q: What are your plans for after high school?
A: I want to either go to college or join the Air Force.
Q: What are your favorite subjects in school?
A: Psychology II and economics. They are fun classes, and I like the teacher.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not playing football?
A: I like to lift weights, play basketball and hang out with friends.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: If you could have dinner with anybody, who would it be?
A: LeBron James. He is one of the most criticized athletes, but he still managed to win a championship.
Q: When you take the field, what inspires you?
A: My teammates. I love my team.
Q: Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
A: I just listen to music.
Q: What do you listen to?
A: Rap, mostly.