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Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Hempfield's Ty George

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Hempfield quarterback Ty George passes over Connellsville's Austin Brooks (55) during the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AAAA game on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Fort Allen.

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Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior quarterback, Ty George threw for 181 yards, ran for 120 more and totaled three touchdowns during last Friday's 37-14 win over Altoona.

George, who earned the full-time job during camp, has completed 48 of 78 passes for 540 yards and four touchdowns while also running 77 times for 409 yards and four more scores for Hempfield (4-2).

Q: How nerve-racking was the camp battle with De'Lorian Day?

A: It was tough at first, but I learned to embrace it. You just have to go out there, do your best, do what you can do, do what I've been working for. In the end, it ended up working out for me. It's something you try not to focus on; you just focus on what you can control. That's just doing your best and making every pass count.

Q: How has your game evolved since sharing snaps last year?

A: I really think I've learned to do both running and passing. I've improving my game from a passing standpoint by staying in the pocket, moving and stepping up. Escaping if I have to and run if it's there a lane.

Q: Speaking of running, how nice is it to hand the ball to tailback Joey DeFloria?

A: He definitely makes my job a lot easier and bails me out sometimes. Honestly, sometimes you just give him the ball and me and the ref are standing back there watching it, thinking, “Wow, he's good. Look at him go.”

Q: Many quarterbacks are pitchers, but you throw the javelin?

A: I played baseball up through middle school. Then when I got to high school, they had me try track. I threw the javelin once or twice. They thought I was pretty good at that, and I never really went back to baseball.

Q: Favorite stadium besides your own?

A: I would have to say Gateway. Every time you go to Gateway, it's always real exciting, no matter what game, what team. It's always been a fun place to play.

Q: How do you explain your team's 4-2 record?

A: I think everyone has embraced the fact of how we can play together and win as a team and we can come together. We have the talent to do so; we just have to harness it all together. I think everybody has embraced that so far this year. I think we can keep that up. I think we can win out. The possibilities are endless if we keep this up.

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