Seneca running back Tommy Lovett was preparing to get on the bus and take a ride to Dwight with his fellow Fighting Irish football team Friday when he engaged the Morris Daily Herald in this week’s question and answer session.
The senior running back and standout wrestler discussed the current state of the Irish football team and quickly commented about the upcoming wrestling season.
Q. With the success that Seneca football has had to this point, what is the mindset of the team?
A. Unlike last year, it has been very confident all season. We have a lot of guys who like to pick each other up after any errors.
Q. What has been the biggest difference between this year’s team and those of the past couple of years?
A. This year we actually have the desire to win. We have realized as a team that there is no better feeling than going out on the field and putting points up on the scoreboard.
Q. How long have you been playing football now and where did you get started?
A. I started playing football in about third grade for the Seneca Pride.
Q. You are also a wrestler. When did you get started in that sport and where?
A. I also started wrestling in sixth grade as a Seneca Fighting Irish cadet.
Q. Which is more fun: Pinning an opponent in under a minute or scoring a rushing touchdown of 10 yards or more?
A. Scoring a rushing touchdown. In wrestling, you only have one person you can let down and that’s you. In football, you can let your whole team down and the entire school.
Q. I know that you were disappointed not making it to state as a wrestler last year. Especially after making it to state as a sophomore. Is there any comparisons to the bounce-back the football team is having and those you hope to have this winter as a member of the Fighting Irish wrestling team?
A. Knowing that its my senior year is very hard to believe. I believe that after achieving all of my athletic accomplishments I will be able to go out and compete the way that I’m capable of doing. I will be going for the gold in all my sports this year.
Q. Finally, if you had a piece of advice for a young grade-school kid who wanted to be an athlete at Seneca High School, what would your advice to them be?
A. Listen to anything your coaches tell you. You might think they’re hard on you, but they are honestly there to make you the best athlete you can be.