Trib HS Insider Q&A: Aliquippa's Terry Swanson
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Terry Swanson upstaged fellow junior running backs Dravon Henry and Shai McKenzie in the WPIAL Class AA final last week at Heinz Field. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior rushed for a game-high 206 yards, scoring on a 60-yard run, in Aliquippa's 34-7 victory over Washington to lead the undefeated Quips to their WPIAL-record 15th championship.
Q: What was it like to have a big WPIAL final game?
A: It was nice to break a long one at Heinz Field. I was expecting to break one but to actually experience it, it was a great feeling. It still seems not real to me. I'm happy but I've put that to the side because I'm ready to focus on our goal as a team: That's to win a state championship.
Q: What's your favorite part about playing in the WPIAL finals at Heinz Field?
A: It's where National Football League players play their games, on that field. It's our goal to play in the NFL, so it's neat to play where you could some day play in the future.
Q: Who was your Quip idol?
A: It would have to be Darrelle Revis, just the way he played. He brought enthusiasm every game and was a leader.
Q: How do you and Dravon Henry feed off each other?
A: We go out every game and make sure we challenge and motivate each other. We'll make bets for push-ups, to see who can score more or who has the most yards. We're actually close friends. We work out together, so we have to add 100 push-ups. We'll end up doing them together anyway, because it helps us both get better and stronger.
Q: Did any of your relatives play for the Quips?
A: Raphael “Pudgie” Abercrombie. That's my cousin, on my dad's side. I hear stories about him all the time. People show me film about him and say that's how you have to run. I hear about how he was a hard worker and just went out there every Friday night and gave it his all. His stats showed it.
Q: What does it mean to play for the name on the front of your jersey?
A: It means a lot. You're playing for yourself, your teammates and your coaches. But you're also playing for the city. It's a legendary place with great people coming out of it. There's so much pride here, and we take pride in playing every Friday night.
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