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Three-Sport Athlete a Big Threat at Wide Reciever

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Senior Matt Pires has six touchdown catches through four games for the Tuskers.
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Somers senior Matt Pires is a wide receiver on the varsity football team. He’s also on the varsity basketball and baseball teams.

How old were you when you started playing football and how did you get started?

I started to play football when I was 6 years old. It all started when I played for the Steelers for my first flag football team.

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What are the team goals for this season?

Our goal is the same every year and that’s to win a sectional championship and try to go beyond that.

How do you look to lead the team?

I try to lead the team by example by working hard and making sure everyone is staying focused during practice.

What has it been like being a part of a program that has seen so much recent success?

It is definitely fun playing for a program like Somers. All the support we get from our community is like no other town. I love it.

What is it like playing under coach Tony DeMatteo?

Playing for coach D is really something special. The lessons he teaches us is something I will remember for my whole life. I wouldn’t want to play for any other coach.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

Dancing in the locker room with the team after a win.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

Both of my older brothers have been my biggest role models. I would always play sports with them and their friends and they never would let up on me so I was taught to never give up.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

That I’m very superstitious. I have to do the same thing before every game.

Do you plan on continuing to play football in college? If yes, have you committed  yet, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

I’m considering playing football in college but I’m not sure yet.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I don’t have a specific topic I want to study but I have a couple of ideas in mind.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Eric Decker and the New York Mets.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Really whatever is bumpin’ in the locker room gets me hyped.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would want to control time so I could relive the good times and fix the bad ones.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Bora Bora because it looks sick — you should look it up.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

A slice of pizza from Froggy’s (Deli) after the win.

Best place to eat in Somers and why?

The Vece’s house, Missy always has something cooking.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Why?

Snapchat, it’s easy and fun to use.

For a young athlete growing up in Somers, 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 people that being a part of a program like Somers is special. You’ll make memories that you’ll never forget by playing for a program like this.

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