Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Yough's Tom Sever
After getting its first-ever playoff victory, Yough wants more. So does its tough, two-way leader, Tom Sever.
The 6-foot, 230-pound junior fullback/linebacker hopes to keep playing on this season and next for the Cougars, who are coming off a 57-42 shootout victory at Kittanning in a WPIAL Class AA first-round game.
“It's been fun, especially last week,” Sever said. “It hasn't been like this around here in a while.”
Sever and the 14th-seeded Cougars (6-4) are guaranteed to play at least once more this season, traveling to Canon-McMillan on Friday to face sixth-seeded Beaver Falls (8-2) in a quarterfinal-round game.
Q: What was it like in the hours after the school's first playoff victory?
A: It didn't sink in until on the bus, when we got back to the school. The fans and parents were all there cheering for us. It's the best feeling I've had in football. It was amazing.
Q: What's been the mood in practice this week?
A: We're taking it seriously, a lot more than in the regular season. We're happy with that first playoff win, but we want more. We're focused on what the coach has been saying and we're going 110 percent on the field at all times.
Q: Your coach said you guys just kept coming at Kittanning and he felt that you could play at a tempo that not many teams could match. To what, exactly, was he referring?
A: We're high octane, especially our offense. Play after play. We just conditioned a lot for it. We're always on the ball, as soon as the ref puts it down. We get the play from the coach and we're back at it with another play. We're prepared on defense the same way because that's what we practice against.
Q: What are some of your other interests?
A: I'm big on hunting and fishing. Our family has a camp in Potter County and I go there all the time. Sometimes we fish, sometimes we ride quads.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
A: I'd trade places with (Steelers linebacker) LaMarr Woodley on a Sunday. I just want to know what the atmosphere is like at Heinz Field, playing in the NFL.
Q: Have you thought about what your plans might be after high school?
A: I would love to play college ball. That's a dream of mine. Whatever school wants me, I'd love to play football.