Daily News Q&A: Clairton's Aaron Mathews
Only a sophomore, Clairton's Aaron Mathews is already in the spotlight. And he doesn't mind.
Mathews, anointed a future star by Tyler Boyd a year ago, will take over some of Boyd's duties beginning Friday when Clairton takes on Chartiers-Houston. The sophomore figures to see time at quarterback, wideout and free safety in Week 1.
Q: Clairton only has three seniors on its roster this season. Is the dynasty finally over?
A: No. Not at all, in fact. I know we're really young this season, but you know what, the young guys on this team have all kinds of talent. And we've all been working so hard. I think people are going to be very impressed when they see what we can do.
Q: It's nice to have a good mentor. Last season, when you were a freshman, Tyler Boyd was your mentor. What all did he teach you?
A: You know, I still remember going back to last year, Tyler was always telling me to pay attention. He told me that, when the next season came, I was going to have to replace him in a lot of ways. So I paid a lot of attention to him and all the things he told me to do. It was a key thing for me, having him there.
Q: You're listed at quarterback and wideout. Which position will you play most?
A: I expect to play a lot of quarterback this year, and I'll definitely be at receiver, too. I expect to see a lot of time at both.
Q: Which do you prefer?
A: I really don't care. Honestly. My whole thing is doing whatever it takes to help the team win the game. So whatever they're going to ask me to do, I'm going to do.
Q: Coach (Tom) Nola is usually the quiet type. Has he been different during this training camp?
A: Oh yes, much different. And he's had to be. We are a young team, and he's been pretty tough on us, and I think that's made us better.
Q: Chartiers-Houston gave you guys a scare last season. Does that get your attention this time around?
A: Not really. We made a ton of mistakes in that game and we had a lot of people ineligible. If we just cut down on the mistakes, we'll be fine.
Q: Does that same Clairton confidence remain?
A: Oh yeah. We might be young, but we believe in ourselves. We still have the Clairton swag.