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Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Homer-Center's Mike Newhouse

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Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Mike Newhouse is a 6-foot, 210-pound fullback/middle linebacker for Homer-Center (9-0, 8-0), which clinched its first Heritage Conference title since 1977. The senior has 118 carries for 941 yards and 14 touchdowns while rotating with several talented backs. On defense he averages 8.5 tackles per game. Newhouse also has a 4.0 grade-point average and wants to become a physician's assistant.Q: How fulfilling was it to win the Heritage?

A: It felt amazing. Me and my group of friends, the whole team, we've been saying we wanted to win the conference since we started playing football. To finally achieve it was special.

Q: What did you guys do to celebrate?

A: Nothing really. Got together, got some pizza and wings, watched the film, had a little bit of a get-together at one of our buddies' houses, and that was about it.

Q: What is it about this year's team that enabled this to happen?

A: We all love football. It's in our blood. We live, eat breathe it. We worked hard in the offseason. We lifted hard. We're always focused at practice, and it pays off.

Q: Describe your running style.

A: I'm not big about running on the outside. I prefer to get upfield. I like hitting people. That's part of the reason why I play football; it's fun to hit people.

Q: The backfield tandem with you and Ean Lee, how do you guys handle this?

A: I don't think there's any special plan. It's whoever's getting yards, whatever's working. We both love running. Q: What do you need to do against Portage to finish strong?

A: We need to prepare like we have every other week, do what our coaches have told us to do, learn about their offense and what we need to do on defense and come out wanting to win like we have every other week and take it to them.

Q: Any pregame rituals?

A: The only thing we do is listen to Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” and turn all the lights out. We just sit there in the dark and listen to it. It sounds crazy, but we've been doing it every year here.

Q: Do you have a set time you do this?

A: Right before walk down to the field. About five minutes before we turn it on. As soon as the drums start we all get up and start and yelling. It gets everybody wound up. We all start screaming, beating the lockers.

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