Interview By Collin Richardson
Lancaster Catholic had a great run last season all the way to a section title, undefeated regular season and district playoff appearance. The Crusaders return a number of stars but will be replacing dynamic quarterback Will Cranford. Josh Acker appears to be next in line under center for Coach Mairono’s squad, he stopped by to chat with Collin Richardson about that, his love for the for the game and a few other topics below:
Collin Richardson: Being a former Hempfield student, how has the impact of your brother Adam been a helping force in your love of football? Do you guys work out together? How has that relationship and love of football been for you and your brother?
Josh Acker: Adam and I have always been close. Growing up as the third in line of five kids, and one of four boys, there is always a competition of some sort at our house; someone to always make you try harder. Adam plays for Lebanon Valley College, so he and I are able to attend each other’s games and support one another. We continue to lift together, outside of my team lifts, and do field work together as well. He encourages me on and off the field.
C: Has last year left a bad taste in Lancaster Catholics mouth? Does it light a
fire for the team to succeed past last year’s team? Talk a little bit about coming back from last year's rough ending.
J: Last season was a great season for us. We had a great regular season and a great season overall. We are locked in and ready to battle week 1. Nothing else matters moving forward but going 1-0 each week and that starts with York Catholic.
C: How has the recruiting process been for you and your family? Have you
toured many colleges?
J: I’ve been in contact with some coaches, but I haven’t toured many colleges yet. I am currently focusing on preparing for my senior year in regard to both the football season and my academics. I plan to make my college decisions later in the year.
C: With Will Cranford graduating, how have you and whoever the new QB for
catholic will be gelled together? Has it been smooth going with a new quarterback under center?
J: David Stefanow is an upcoming junior who has been working hard to transition to the starting quarterback position. He and I are working well together and have been able to build chemistry this off-season. We both have high expectations for the team this upcoming season.
C: How have you specifically prepared yourself for this season? Do you have
any outside of workouts/lifts that you do to condition your body?
J: I am always looking for ways to improve my game. I work out almost every day, whether that’s lifting, conditioning or field work. Coach Maiorino and the rest of the coaching staff have created a workout program that has helped us prepare for this season. I also enjoy playing recreational basketball, which helps with endurance and stamina.