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Connellsville Daily Courier Q&A: Southmoreland's Mataeo Garner

Celeste Van Kirk | Daily Courier
Mataeo Garner had a strong effort in Week 1 to help the Scotties open the season with a victory.

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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 1:36 a.m.

Senior Mataeo Garner is new to the Southmoreland football team, but it hasn't taken him long to prove he can be a valuable asset to the Scotties.

The transfer from Jeannette rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in his first game with the Scotties, a 25-24 victory over Charleroi to start the season.

Q: How has the transitionfrom Jeannette to Southmoreland gone for you?

A: When I first heard my parents were moving, I didn't know how I would feel, but the transition has been good and I've found a new (football) family. They treat me real well.

Q: When did you start to feel comfortable with your new teammates at Southmoreland?

A: After the first day of camp. They've been great to me and we're like a family and really working hard.

Q: How special was it to have a big game in your first game with Southmoreland?

A: I just wanted to do what I could do. I knew that if I hit the holes, I could help this team. And if it wasn't for the guys up front, I wouldn't have had those yards.

Q: What do you like to do when you aren't playing football?

A: I like to work out, spend time with my family and friends and listen to music.

Q: What kind of music do you like?

A: Hip hop and R&B.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Lasagna.

Q: What do you do to get ready for a game?

A: I get my head right the night before the game, and on the day of the game, I listen to my music and get pumped up.

Q: What are your favorite football teams?

A: In college, I like Ohio State. In the pros, I like Atlanta.

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer?

A: I went to a prospect camp in North Carolina.

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