Mahopac senior Matt Posniak, a team captain, plays tackle on the varsity football team.
How old were you when you started playing football and how did you get started?
I started playing flag football when I was 7 and started playing tackle football when I was 11. I started playing because a lot of my friends were playing and it seemed fun.
How has the team been transitioning to a new coach, Dominick DeMatteo?
The transition to coach DeMatteo has gone extremely smooth largely due to his preseason plan and camps that brought us all together. I am confident this will carry over into a successful season.
As a senior captain, how did you see your role on the team, and how much did you value being a team leader?
I see myself as more of a lead by example type of person so I try to put everything into each practice and take it all seriously. It meant a lot to me that my teammates picked me as one of the captains and I plan to do my best to represent the team in a positive way.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite pregame activity is when we all get hyped up to music in the locker room. My favorite postgame activity is when a bunch of us go out to get food somewhere in town.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
Of course my parents are big role models in my life, but so is my grandfather who has taught me you can make it through anything life throws at you.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Not a lot of people know that plan to go skydiving.
Do you plan on continuing to play football in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you select that school?
I don’t have any plans to play football in college right now, but I have visited some schools over the summer and will make a final decision later this year.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I plan to study business or economics in college because I think either will lead to a rewarding career.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
Michael Jordan is my favorite athlete because he’s the G.O.A.T. The Yankees are my favorite team and I’ve watched them with my dad since I was a little kid.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
My favorite pregame music is Kendrick Lamar because he gets me pumped up and ready to play.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I would choose to be able to fly because I could go anywhere I want at any time.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would like to visit Ireland because I would like to see where some of my ancestors came from.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
I like to eat bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches from Crossroads before games.
Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?
Bliss is by far the best place to eat because you’ll always see someone you know and they have the best mac and cheese.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter because it has something for everyone and I’ll always find something that makes me laugh.
For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the football program and why should they go out for the team?
I would tell them that playing football is a great experience because you get to be a part of a brotherhood like no other and you’ll meet some of your best friends over the years.