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Leader Times Q&A: Freeport's Andrew Romanchak

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Freeport's Andrew Romanchak attempts to break free from Ford City's Chantz Schreckengost and Anthony Falsetti during the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at James E. Schwartz Jr. Field in Freeport.

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By Matt Grubba
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 1:11 a.m.

Freeport junior quarterback Andrew Romanchak has had his share of rough moments this season.

But like so many of his other teammates, Romanchak has grown as a player this season, and that was on display Friday when his Yellowjackets picked up their second win by knocking off Burrell, 12-10.

Romanchak had a career day with 125 yards rushing and a touchdown in the win, but his biggest play came on the defensive side of the ball, where he made an interception from his cornerback position with 2:37 left in the game to seal the victory.

As the leader of an offensive unit that returned only one starter from last year, Romanchak has helped guide Freeport to within one game of the final playoff spot in the Allegheny Conference with three weeks remaining.Q: How good did it feel to pull in the game-clinching interception?

A: That felt great. They went up top on us once (on that drive), and the receiver dropped it. I knew they'd try it again, and when I saw the ball, I went to try and make a play.

Q: Does a win over a program like Burrell show the team is on the right track?

A: Yeah, Burrell's always been a rival and a team we look forward to playing. Having the game at home and getting the win to keep our playoff hopes alive was a really good feeling.

Q: Freeport quarterbacks have been known as runners, but how much do you work on your passing?

A: I worked a lot in the offseason with the receivers, and also with my dad, in the offseason. Now, it's starting to click. The receivers are catching the ball, and the throwing feels a lot more natural to me.

Q: From the (season-opening) Kittanning game to now, how much has the team improved?

A: Our team ‘grew up' is the term we like to use. We're a young team with a lot of sophomores and freshmen playing, and they're settling into the game and making plays. It's been great to see this team progress.

Q: How important have the coaches been to this team?

A: The coaching staff has been very supportive of us. In the Ford City game, they brought us into the locker room at halftime and told us they knew we could do what we set out to do. It's helped a lot that they've kept it nice and upbeat.

Q: Do the players believe you can reach the playoffs?

A: We believe we have what it takes, and our confidence is getting higher. Our focus is still only on (this week against) East Allegheny, because if we don't get that win, nothing else matters.

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