Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Plum’s Wil Fuhrer
Wil Fuhrer took over the starting quarterback duties last season and has played a key role in Plum’s incline to respectability ever since.
The senior plays with poise and an air of confidence, traits he is plenty proud of, and traits that aren’t hidden like his lucky Batman T-shirt.
“Willie Football” lets it show on Twitter (@wil_fuhrer) with fun remarks about his team and his play.
But he believes the swagger can trickle down to teammates and serve as a form of leadership.
“I have always been competitive,” said Fuhrer, who plays offense only. “It’s in my blood. As a quarterback, you have to have confidence. If you’re hesitant you can’t make plays. I like to take chances because it can lead to big plays.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Fuhrer who has passed for more than 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns, threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Nate Turchick in Plum’s 17-6 upset of fourth-seeded Penn Hills last week, the Mustangs’ first playoff win since 1996.
Q: Plum is the surprise team in the playoffs. Few people, if anybody, saw the win over Penn Hills coming. How did that sit?
A: I love the underdog role. When you fly under the radar, sometimes that can be a dangerous thing.
Q: When did you feel the team had control of last week’s game; when did you feel you had a legit chance to pull the upset?
A: Walking into halftime you could tell (Penn Hills players) were shaken. And midway through the third quarter, you could tell by the body language and by what they were saying to each other on the field that they were down.
Q: Was that win the ultimate statement game for the program?
A: The first round is a defining game. If we lost, nobody would have cared what we did (in the regular season). We had to prove that this team is for real.
Q: Johnny Manziel is one of your favorite players. Do you emulate him?
A: He was a great player in college. I don’t try to be like him off the field so much. He knew how to make big plays happen.
Q: You seem to really have fun playing football, no?
A: When you’re having fun you’re winning. You can’t take it too seriously; you have to stop and appreciate the little things. If you make a mistake, you have to move past it. You never know if the next play or game will be your last.
Q: So you are superstitious?
A: Yes. I lick my thumb before every play. The ball has to feel just right. If it’s not just right, the play won’t be good. And I have my lucky Batman T-shirt. When I don’t wear it, we lose. It got lost in the team laundry for two games and we lost them both, against North Hills and Altoona.
Q: Are you related to local businessman Frank Fuhrer, who puts on the annual Fuhrer Invitational golf tournament?
A: Yes, he is my dad’s uncle.
Q: You are a caddie at Oakmont Country Club. Any good stories?
A: One time we were on the No. 5 tee box. This guy is just crushing the ball, like 400 yards. I said, ‘Sir, I don’t think you should hit driver here; you should probably hit a wood. I went up to fore-caddie. He hits a drive and bombs it over the green. He walks up to me and I said, ‘I told you so.’ He goes, ‘Oh, shut up.’