TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Daily Courier Q&A: Mt. Pleasant's Ryan Ballew

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Top high school sports
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
 

Mt. Pleasant senior running back/defensive back Ryan Ballew has played a key role in helping the Vikings achieve a 10-0 record as they head into Friday's WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game against Beaver.

Ballew has rushed 47 times for 542 yards, an average of 11.53 yards per carry.

Q: How exciting was it to play a home playoff game last week against Valley?

A: It was a pretty good experience, and we all worked for it since the beginning of the year. I never got to play in a home playoff game, so it was exciting.

Q: Is there extra motivation heading into Friday's quarterfinal game against Beaver, knowing that Mt. Pleasant lost in the quarterfinals last year?

A: I think so. I think this year, if we want it bad enough, we can do anything. We can make it to Heinz Field if we put our minds to it.

Q: What's the biggest key to beating Beaver High School?

A: We all have to play our assignments and trust everyone else to do their job.

Q: Do you feel the intensity level ramp up with each game?

A: I think we notice it. We're getting better, and we keep trying to get better.

Q: What's been the key to Mt. Pleasant's run game?

A: (Running backs) Tyler Mellors and Brett Fess are very talented, and I think a lot of it is that our offensive linemen step up every week.

Q: How important has Mt. Pleasant's defense been during the season?

A: Our defense puts our offense in a lot of good positions by forcing three-and-outs. It just pulls through all the time.

Q: Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

A: I don't believe in superstitions. As long as we prepare all week, we'll be fine on Friday.

Q: Is there any advice that you try to use regularly?

A: The coaches always say to practice hard. If we do it right, it will come together on Friday night.

Q: When you're not playing football, what do you enjoy doing?

A: I lift weights in the gym. I like to go hunting.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: I want to go to a four-year college. Law enforcement is something I'd like to get into. Hopefully, I'll get to play football.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Football

  1. Through the years: Highlands routed Franklin Regional to clinch conference title
  2. Schoolboy pick of week: BV Area
  3. VND High school football notebook: Local flavor enhances Penn Hills, other playoff teams
  4. City rivals Allderdice, Brashear seeking elusive title
  5. Gorman: Billy Holt’s big moment for Albert Gallatin
  6. Statewide HSFB notebook: Pope John Paul II football player continues comeback
  7. WPIAL playoffs have been tough on teams from Allegheny, Tri-County South
  8. Previewing some of Western Pa.’s top WPIAL first-round matchups
  9. H.S. Picks hunting for perfect costume
  10. The Leader: Week 10 offers lots of treats
  11. Birdie explains why he was wrong
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.