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Greensburg Central Catholic running back Tyler Balla looks to avoid Mt. Pleasant defensive back Tyler Mellors (7) on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
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Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
 

During last Friday's 35-20 win over Waynesburg, Greensburg Central Catholic's Tyler Balla caught a pass one-handed while tumbling backward. The clip is worth a Google search.

Balla, who leads GCC in rushing and receiving, ran for 118 yards and four touchdowns against the Raiders.

He also had a lengthy, 80-yard punt return and threw a touchdown pass, as GCC, which won for the first time, opened a four-game stretch against teams with a combined record of 2-14.

As of Tuesday night, the video of the catch had been tweeted by USA Today, and it was close to 30,000 views on YouTube.

Q: How did it feel to get the team's first win?

A: It feels good any time you can win. But I think after getting off to such a rough start, it definitely made it sweet to win that one.

Q: Do you guys feel like this might be the start of a run?

A: I think our schedule lightens up a little bit. We don't like to take anybody for granted, but it's definitely not as tough as it was those first three games.

Q: You scored four touchdowns, threw one and returned a punt. Which was your favorite?

A: Throwing the touchdown because I played quarterback when I was younger.

Q: Are you going to try and convince your coach to let you line up under center?

A: Yeah, hopefully. Hopefully, he lets me.

Q: What are the chances of that happening?

A: I don't think they're too good. But you never know.

Q: Describe your catch.

A: I knew as soon as he threw the ball it was going to be tough because it looked like he was going to overthrow me. It was a desperation move to try and catch it. It just kind of stuck there, and I brought it in.

Q: What's the reaction been like?

A: I think a lot of people were in disbelief that I caught it. I heard comments like, ‘Wow, I can't believe that he caught that. There's no way that he brought it in.'

Q: Is that the best catch you've ever seen?

A: I don't know. I couldn't believe that I actually caught it. It was definitely crazy.

Q: You do a lot of different things for GCC. How do you manage it?

A: Anything to help the team win. I think that with (quarterback) Chase (Kellar) going down, I felt like I had to step up a little bit and fill the void for him being out.

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