Leader Times Q&A: West Shamokin's Brock Kennedy
West Shamokin is 1-0 for the first time since 2005, and the Wolves' formula for winning this season is solid defense and a heavy dose of the run game.
In the middle of the action on both sides of the ball is center/defensive tackle Brock Kennedy, a 5-foot-9, 230-pound senior and one of the team captains.
With Kennedy helping to lead the way, West Shamokin shut out the Springdale offense — the Dynamos' lone score was a fumble return — and scored both of its touchdowns on the ground with an effective rushing attack. Wolves coach Jon McCullough praised Kennedy's performance in the win, as the team prepares for its home opener against Northgate.
Kennedy is one of just five seniors on the roster, and he hopes to make his class the first senior class in school history to end their career in the WPIAL playoffs.
Q: What was it like to celebrate a season-opening win over Springdale?
A: It was pretty exciting at the end of the game. It feels good to be one of the first teams in West Shamokin history to win their opener.
Q: Does this year feel different than previous seasons?
A: It does, sort of. With Coach McCullough, practices are a lot more intense than they were before. It seems like guys are more focused on what we're supposed to be doing. Before, football felt like something we just went to after school. Now, it's more of a team feeling than last year.
Q: As a two-way starter, do you prefer offense or defense?
A: To me, it doesn't matter. I love the game, and I'm just happy to be in there.
Q: Is it fun to be an offensive lineman for a run-heavy team like West Shamokin?
A: Oh yeah, it really is. I prefer run blocking way more than pass blocking because you're the one delivering the blows and not receiving them.
Q: Do you have a favorite play on offense?
A: If I had to pick one, probably our trap plays. The play-side guard and I get to double team, and it's always fun pancaking somebody with one of your buddies.
Q: Is the saying true that linemen, especially centers, are the smartest players on a football team?
A: (laughing) I'm not too sure about that one. It depends on who the lineman is.