TribLIVE

| Sports


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

Trib HS Insider Q&A: Freeport's Brendan Lynch

Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Freeport's Brendan Lynch (No. 3) is pressured by Valley's Colten Buzzard (No. 45) during a game on Sept. 21, 2012, at Valley Memorial Stadium in New Kensington.

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Top high school sports
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
 

Freeport's third-year starter, Brendan Lynch, has developed into one of the Alle-Kiski Valley's top dual-threat quarterbacks.

Apply pressure to the pocket, and he'll take off. Let him roam on third down, and he'll beat you with a zinger downfield.

But Lynch admits he's had help. And he's proof that Freeport signal-callers — past and present — have formed a fraternity.

He gives credit to two former Freeport quarterbacks — head coach John Gaillot and Alex Isenberg, who guided the Yellowjackets to their 500th win in 2009 — for his success under center.

Q: How have you seen yourself develop as a quarterback?

A: You learn a lot from experience. The key was just playing. My first year I didn't know what to expect. I surprised myself with some success. But I had great players around me. I developed toughness and self-confidence. Last year, I developed my leadership more. I wasn't doing as much running and passing. I was more of a facilitator.

Q: Do you see yourself as a dual-threat QB?

A: I've always been a fast runner. I feel I have good running skills — seeing the holes and making the cuts. But passing has been more difficult for me. Coach Gaillot worked with me a lot, and Alex Isenberg mentored me with the fundamentals.

Q: The team was upset, 9-8, by Valley in Week 4. How tough was that to take?

A: I think it was a wake-up-call game. Now everybody has a sense of urgency. We know we have to show up every week. We're not untouchable. Some people on the team didn't approach that game like they usually do.

Q: So, you also see yourself as a motivational speaker?

A: Yes. A lot of people come to me with problems or for advice, and I talk with them. I like to help people out and give them optimism. I was taught to be a leader. Younger kids look up to you, and you need to set that example.

Q: Freeport has quite a presence on Twitter. Thanks to you?

A: I am one of the founders of Freeport Twitter. I love to see what's going on on there. Sometimes I am on there too much, and my parents get on me about it.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Rossi: Johnston must reach Malkin in Moscow
  2. Steelers are in familiar territory going into training camp in Latrobe
  3. Liriano, Snider lift Pirates to a victory over Dodgers at PNC Park
  4. New Penguins coach to meet with Malkin
  5. Pirates notebook: Recovering Cole exceeds expectations in simulated game
  6. Hookah bar on tap for Greensburg
  7. Ex-Milwaukee archbishop told he can’t spend final days at St. Vincent Archabbey
  8. Greensburg pawn shop aids in arrest of home repair scam suspect
  9. How to read books in the digital age
  10. Revised anti-nepotism policy lets Allegheny County judges keep family in jobs
  11. Man told transit police the Boston Marathon bomber ‘was my best friend’
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.