You could say Strawberry Crest linebacker Matt Chaney had a good week. The senior got to experience Homecoming for one last time and was even appointed to the senior class’s Homecoming Court. On the field, Chaney racked up 20 tackles — 13 solo — in the Chargers’ Oct. 11 win over Riverview.
What were you feeling out there, going into Friday’s game?
Actually, I sat out the whole week in practice, because I came down with the flu earlier. I hurt my knee against Durant, so coach told me just to lay low for the week, just watch and get mental reps.
You were on the Homecoming Court, too.
It was a fun experience, being on the court. Riding in the ‘Vette and walking down the middle (of the field) with my mom — I know she was very proud of that.
Do you play any other sports?
No, football’s been my main sport ever since I was 4. Nothing else, ever.
Who are some of your favorite athletes?
I love Mayweather for boxing. I like Peyton Manning — the way he runs his offense, and I think he’s one of the best quarterbacks to come through the NFL in the last 50 years, I’d say. I also like Doug Martin, from the Bucs, and that’s pretty much it.
Who do you model your game after, as a linebacker?
Keith Newman. He’s my defensive coordinator. He’s taught me a lot since I got here. Week in and week out, he keeps me going. He tells me what to do, what to look for, certain formations. He’s really taught me a lot coming into Strawberry Crest, coming into my senior year.
Where did he play?
The Vikings, the Falcons, the Bills and the Dolphins.
What’s your goal for the rest of your senior year?
Stay healthy. That was my main priority coming into my senior year. End up with 100 tackles — I think I’m pretty close, I think I’m at 93 now. I think I’m second in the state for Class 7A. (Editor’s note: According to stats entered on maxpreps.com, Chaney actually has 97 tackles on the season.)