Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Michael Aspiotes
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 11:49 AM
School: Quaker Valley
Claim to fame: Michael Aspiotes helped lead Quaker Valley to its first win of the season, 28-13, over Waynesburg on Friday. Aspiotes threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Cutchember and returned a blocked punt for a 1-yard touchdown.
This has been a challenging season for Quaker Valley. How does it feel to get your first win?
It’s like pulling the monkey off your back. It felt amazing. I felt like everyone was on the same page every single play.
You stepped up in July at quarterback where you probably didn’t expect to play during your high school career. What’s the most difficult part about the position that most people don’t realize?
Once you get the ball, you know you have to get rid of it as fast as possible. It’s definitely different. You’ve got to go through your targets quickly, and you’ve got to be aware of defensive linemen coming at you. It’s a lot, but I like it. I’ve enjoyed playing quarterback.
You had a passing touchdown and a touchdown off a blocked punt. Which one was more impressive?
The passing play was definitely more impressive. I was supposed to be looking for my fullback, because it’s a speed play. We put in another option in case Donovan (Cutchember) is covered. The option is for Patrick Cutchember to come over the top or I’ll run. I saw Patrick for a split second, and I didn’t think. I just threw it and he caught it and scored.
Does that exemplify how quickly you have to make decisions at quarterback?
How has Patrick Cutchember become Quaker Valley’s top playmaker?
He and I are just always throwing the ball around and building chemistry. We did it all summer. It’s hard to explain. He just has a mentality that he wants to score, so he won’t go down for anyone.
You’ve been through a lot of ups and downs the last three years. What will you remember most about being a part of this program?
Definitely winning states and WPIALs. Also, this year has been humbling, but there’s no other group I’d want to play with besides them.