By Treyaun Webb -- Trinity Christian Academy freshman and 2019-2020 Junior Journalist
I took the time to interview star student athlete Fernando Porter of the Trinity Christian Conquerors varsity football team. Fernando plays running back, and he is in the 11th grade. Here is a breakdown of how our interview went.
Q: What do you do to prepare for big games?
A: I listen to music and put my phone on Do Not Disturb. This helps me stay focused and block out all outside noise. I did this against Carol City, and I scored, so I see this routine as my good luck charm.
Q: What do you bring to the table for the highly explosive Trinity offense?
A: I bring explosive runs. I also bring a different style to the backfield such as more elusiveness. I also bring team leadership. I feel like I’m a hard worker and I’m dedicated to my team.
Q: Coming off of an injury, how does your body feel, now that you are playing and practicing full-time?
A: My body feels amazing. I’m ready for anything that comes my way. My rehab process was terrific, and now I feel better than ever.
Q: Do you feel like your team has a high chance of making the playoffs?
A: Of course! I feel like we have a high chance of winning state as well. We have a lot of playmakers to get it done; it’s going to be a great year.
Q: How much depth is on the roster?
A: Right now, we have three running backs since Treyaun [Webb] and Kaleb [Killian] are hurt. But we have Ole Miss commit Kyjuan Herndon and senior Pedro Valez, and me. So we have plenty of depth; we just have to step up and make plays.
Q: What are your strongest personal skills?
A: One of my strongest skills is how elusive I am. My vision is also great. Once I get them both working, I feel like I will be unstoppable.
Q: What do you feel like you need improvement in?
A: I need to work on my speed because I feel a little slow, but that’s an easy fix. I also need to work on my strength because I feel like I didn’t hit the weight room like I wanted to. But I have all offseason to work on that. Right now, I’m focused on the season.
Q: What did you do to prepare yourself for this tough schedule?
A: I worked hard in the offseason. I got my conditioning right; I got in shape. I feel like I’m in midseason form. I also got prepared mentally as far as watching film and studying techniques.
Q: What other sports do you play?
A: I played basketball in my past and baseball. I have gotten away from them, but I might play this year. They will help me with my hand/eye coordination and my foot work.
Q: At what college do you see yourself playing?
A: I don’t know yet, but my options are open. I’m not really worried about that right now. I’m just focused on my season. I know all the offers will come in time. I just will remain humble and let God work his magic.
Q: How did it feel to score your first varsity regular-season touchdown?
A: It felt great. I got to showcase my ability, but that was only a little piece of my talent. I won’t think about it too much because I have to remain focused.
Fernando Porter will have a great year for the Conquerors. As I was talking to him, he seemed very humble and ready to do whatever his coaches need for team success this season.