Trib HS Insider Q&A: Franklin Regional's Charan Singh
Franklin Regional found itself in a dogfight with Knoch during a rare Thursday night game last week. Add to it the pressure of performing in front of a regional television audience.
Heady stuff for young guys trying to make an impression — guys like Charan Singh. But the 6-foot-1, 160-pound junior passed the test with authority, scoring on two touchdown receptions and setting up a third to teammate Adam Mihoci that helped to carry the Panthers to a 23-13 victory.
“Hats off to that receiver (Singh). He's really good,” Knoch coach Mike King said.
Q: How special was it to be such a big part of that sequence when Franklin Regional scored three unanswered touchdowns — two by you — to take the lead and win a game on TV?
A: It was pretty special because one of our other receivers, Colin Jonov, went down (with a back injury), and coach (Greg) Botta said before the game that I needed to make plays. I took that to heart, and I made a couple of plays.
Q: Can you talk about what it's been like to win five games in a row now after losing a tough decision in the opener to Mars?
A: After losing that game, it was pretty painful. After that, the team and the coaching staff all came together and vowed to do whatever it takes to not have that pain, not lose.
Q: Who's been the biggest influence in your life?
A: I'll have to say my mom and my dad, because I believe they brought me up to be a good man. They are pretty strict in all aspects, and I believe parents should be pretty strict with their kids. They would do anything for me.
Q: You also play basketball at Franklin Regional. For you, which is it, football or basketball?
A: Football. I think it comes more natural to me. But basketball is a challenge, and that's why I like to play all the time. But ultimately, I think I'll play football (in college).
Q: You've still got another year of high school, but is it too early to tell what your plansare after graduation?
A: After high school, I want to go to a good college, probably get a degree in kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement), and I hope to play somewhere. Hopefully at a big-time Division I school.
Q: What advice would you give to young football players at Franklin Regional?
A: I'd say take advantage of the time that you have to work hard, get in the weight room and train. Time's precious, and you need it in order to be successful.