Why he was selected: York junior quarterback Matt Vezza completed 14-of-23 passes for 119 yards and ran for 110 yards on 29 carries to lead the Dukes to a 12-10 win at Glenbard West, York’s first win over the Hilltoppers since 2007. It clinched the 6-0 Dukes’ first playoff berth since 2011. For his efforts, Matt Vezza is the Suburban Life Athlete of the Week. Here is his interview with Sports Editor Joshua Welge.
Welge: What’s it been like around school and town since that win?
Vezza: It’s been great. This program hasn’t had the success that we’re seeing so far in a little bit. We have really embraced it and are excited about it, but we have already moved on and it’s time to get ready for Hinsdale Central. We can celebrate our wins when the season is over.
Welge: Does it make it easier to turn the page when you have another big game coming up?
Vezza: We want to win conference and this is probably going to be the game that determines it. We are focused on Hinsdale, working hard in practice, getting ready for this game. It’s another big one.
Welge: What did you guys do during the 30-minute or so lightning delay in the final minutes [Oct. 2]?
Vezza: We knew we could score a touchdown or potentially kick the game-winning field goal, so we went over what we needed to do, the plays that we run, got the ball in the middle of the field for an easy field goal to make. We were frustrated by the delay. We had a lot of momentum, but it was something we couldn’t control and we were not going to dwell on it.
Welge: You didn’t start the season as the starting QB. How did you stay prepared?
Vezza: Yes, I was the backup to start the season. I did get in a few drives Weeks 1 and 2, nothing serious. Week 4, I went in late first quarter, early second quarter and just took over. I just prepared every week like I was the starter. Whether I ended up being the starter or not, I was going to do whatever I could to prepare myself every week and every day.
Welge: How would you characterize yourself as a QB?
Vezza: I think I’m a pass-first QB that can make good reads with good accuracy and good timing. I’m willing to use my legs whenever I can.
Welge: Do you have a favorite QB to watch, college or pro?
Vezza: Drew Brees.
Welge: What about a favorite team?
Vezza: New Orleans Saints because of Drew Brees.
Welge: What’s your favorite game day meal?
Vezza: Usually I eat pasta or chicken.
Welge: Do you have a favorite TV show or movie?
Vezza: I’m not really a movie guy. I watch my football film. You have to stay ready.