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Tribune-Review Q&A: Franklin Regional's Colin Jonov

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional's Colin Jonov returns a second-quarter interception of Montour quarterback Tynen Greer 70 yards during their WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff game Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Franklin Regional.

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colin Jonov likes to get his hands on the ball, and he doesn't care whether it's on offense or defense. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior wide receiver-cornerback who has committed to play at Bucknell leads Franklin Regional with 20 receptions for 364 yards and six touchdowns and six interceptions for the Panthers (10-1), who play defending champion West Allegheny (11-0) Friday in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals.

Q: What's it like to be one game from Heinz Field?

A: It's an awesome feeling to be back here. Our sophomore year, we were here and played Knoch. We're hoping for a different outcome.

Q: Did this team believe it could get this far?

A: This was supposed to be our down year. All the guys in the locker room knew we had something special. We knew we were going to go far and had to keep it rolling.

Q: What is your favorite football memory so far?

A: It has to be our fourth-down stop against West Mifflin to clinch the game. It was fourth-and-1 on our own 35. They handed off to Jimmy Wheeler, and we made a tackle in the backfield. We all went crazy celebrating, then took a knee and ran out the clock.

Q: What do you remember about the 2005 team?

A: I remember that like it was yesterday, going to the WPIAL championship and state championship game with a bunch of kids on our team now. That was the same year we went undefeated. I remember telling each other back then that we were going to do that.

Q: How much do you think about the stakes?

A: It's crazy to think about it. Our class is just so determined to win this game and get to Heinz that most of us haven't thought about losing. It's a scary thought, to think that if we lose this game, it will be the last high school game we'll ever play.

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