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Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Kiski Area's Chad Kuhn

Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Kiski Area's Chad Kuhn (right) runs past McKeesport's Jawan Hill-McCurdy on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Davis Field in Vandergrift.

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In a starting offense filled with seniors, including several with Division I potential, a sophomore is the one to handle the ball at the start of each play for Kiski Area.

Quarterback Chad Kuhn, a part-time starter a year ago, understands the amount of talent surrounding him. Among the seniors is his older brother, tight end/linebacker Shane Kuhn, who has received a scholarship offer from Youngstown State and interest from Pitt and West Virginia.

But the younger Kuhn, a quarterback since his first days of football, has not shied away from the spotlight when asked to make a play himself. He has completed 31 of 50 pass attempts for 337 yards and three touchdowns, and he scrambles well, too.

While his older brother's closest friends are Kiski Area's other senior standouts, Chad Kuhn's compatriots are the Cavaliers' most promising underclassmen, most notably sophomore running back Lincoln Clayton, the team's leading rusher, and freshman Justice Evans, who leads the team in all-purpose yardage.

Q: What's it like to be one of the young guys among a pretty impressive group of seniors?

A: They treat me just like I'm one of them. They give me confidence, and they believe in me.

Q: How do you feel about playing with your brother?

A: Sometimes it's good. Sometimes it's bad. I feel like sometimes he's just like another coach. But other times I can count on him a lot to make the big play.

Q: Do you have any say or input in your brother's college destination?

A: No. I just want him to go wherever he feels is the best fit and where he feels most at home.

Q: Do you have aspirations of a Division I college career?

A: That's been one of my life-long goals, to play football in college.

Q: Is it difficult being Shane's younger brother, considering the football and wrestling careers he's had?

A: Yeah. It's hard to be noticed as a Kuhn when Shane is your older brother, because everyone knows what he does. I like being his little brother, though.

Q: Do you see this as the year when you start to build your legacy?

A: This is the year where it's all coming together for me. With the receivers I have now, I'll feel comfortable and have my confidence up for the rest of my career.

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