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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Washington’s Jonathan Spina

Steph Chambers | Trib Total Media
Washington's Jonathan Spina muscles past the Mt. Pleasant defense on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 in Washington.

Washington senior quarterback Jonathan Spina never doubted that the Prexies would put up points this season.

He just hadn’t anticipated that his arm would become such a valuable offensive weapon for Washington.

At a program known more for prolific rushers, Spina surpassed the 1,000-yard passing mark. He attempted just 92 passes and completed 51 of those attempts — that’s an average of 22 yards per completion.

Spina, who has 17 touchdown passes and seven rushing touchdowns, recognizes that rushing remains the go-to method at Washington. Senior running back Malik Wells has almost 1,200 yards on the ground, and seven other players average at least 6.9 yards per carry. But Spina and senior wide receiver DeQuay Isbell (18 receptions for 571 yards, 11 TDs) add an exciting element to the Prexies offense, which averages 41.8 points per game.

Spina also stars as a point guard in basketball and is the baseball team’s ace.

No. 3 seed Washington (10-0), the highest-scoring team out of the Interstate Conference, will meet No. 6 Apollo-Ridge (9-1), the top scoring team out of the Allegheny Conference at 46.9 ppg, Friday in the Class AA quarterfinals.

Q: How excited are you guys about the battle of offenses this week?

A: It’s definitely going to be interesting because their offense is very good. Tre Tipton (a Pitt recruit and Apollo-Ridge senior quarterback/wide receiver) is a great athlete. It should be a high-scoring game.

Q: Did you anticipate a 1,000-yard passing season?

A: Never did I think I’d throw for 1,000. DeQuay definitely is a big part of that.

Q: What is Washington’s passing philosophy?

A: We tend to throw in obvious passing situations, and we like to go vertical with it. But we do also hit people with some play-action on early downs, and that’s when we get a lot of our big plays.

Q: What’s the dynamic like among all the running backs that get carries? Do any of them come to you looking for a few more touches?

A: Everybody pretty much knows their role by now. Each one is kind of a specialized back, and they just make the most of the opportunities they get.

Q: Why is it that in all three sports, you play positions — quarterback, point guard, pitcher — that come with a lot of responsibilities and decision-making power? Does it get exhausting?

A: I like to have the game in my hands because then I can’t blame anyone else if we lose.

Q: Are there any unique rituals — something you eat, wear or watch, for example — that you have in football?

A: I eat classic Lays chips and have a Coke before every practice and game. Everyone always gets on me about that. People don’t understand why I eat classic Lays.

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