Leader Times Q&A: Ford City's Chantz Schrecengost
The build and skill set of Ford City senior running back Chantz Schrecengost might suggest he's a change-of-pace back, but through two games this season, he's been the pace setter for the Sabers' attack.
The 6-foot-1, 145-pound speedster had his first career 100-yard game in the Sabers' 34-20 win at Freeport, which included a 52-yard burst that helped ignite the team's offense through some early struggles.
So far this season, Schrecengost leads Ford City with 200 rushing yards on 28 carries, good for a 7.14 yards per carry average.
Schrecengost has plenty of teammates to share the carries with because of the emergence of sophomore Herm Rush and the return from injury of fellow backs August Mantini and Garrett Virostek. But with his speed and the way Ford City moves him around in the formation, Schrecengost is his team's top outside runner and biggest threat to go the distance.
Q: How did it feel to have a career day against Freeport?
A: I felt great. The first thing was I had to thank my line after the game. They did a terrific job blocking, and the whole team did pretty good.
Q: As the latest in a long line of good Ford City backs, was there a former player who helped you along?
A: I always kind of looked up to my cousin, Ian Boylestein, (a 2012 grad) who was a fullback for Ford City. I always watched what he did on the field in games and in practice.
Q: Is there a college or pro runner you model yourself after?
A: I always modeled the way I play after Reggie Bush, the Lions' running back. He was really fast in college (at USC), and I liked the way he played.
Q: After facing two run-oriented teams, is it different preparing to face East Allegheny this week?
A: It is a little different, and it's more fun for us defensive backs. I like defending against the pass more than stopping the run, so it's been real fun for us getting ready for this week.
Q: After the team started 0-2 last year, did it feel good to get in the win column sooner this year?
A: It does feel good to have that first win, but we're not done yet. We're trying to win out.
Q: If the team's players can stay healthy, are the Sabers a playoff team?
A: I definitely think we're a playoff team. We don't have the numbers this year, so it's important for us to avoid injury. But we're going to play hard and try our best no matter who we have on the field.