One on One: Justin Mount ‘13 WR / ATH - Westford Academy (MA) Football
Posted: October 26 2012
Westford Academy wide receiver and do-it-all athlete Justin Mount '13 is having his best season, while getting ready to lead Westford Academy (6-1, 1-0 DCL Large) against local DCL Large rival Lincoln-Sudbury tonight.
Westford Academy has won six games in a row since their season opening loss to Chelmsford. The Grey Ghosts play a high octane offense but are also complimenting that with a stout defense that has allowed only 41 points in their six wins (6.8 ppg) this season.
Mount, a wide receiver by trade, has also lined up at quarterback (early in the season) and in the backfield for WA. Mount has 16 touchdowns heading into tonight's game and is also a starting defensive back for the Grey Ghosts.
We caught up with Mount as he prepares for tonight's game and the remainder of his senior season.
You guys are playing at a high level since your opening game loss to Chelmsford. Can you talk about the difference in the way your team is playing at this point in the season?
JM: We played our first two games without of quarterback Troy Faretra. With Troy back on the offensive side of the ball it makes our offense extremely potent to go along with our strong defense.
Talk about the dynamics of playing the WR position in your offense. Can you also touch a little on the label you are often given as an “ATHLETE” due to all the things you do on the field.
JM: A lot of the routes we run involve our quarterback making the right read which most of the time leaves someone wide open. We have tags to our plays that will put me where he wants the ball to be thrown. I think it has to do with the trust that my coach has in me to be able to go whereever he needs me to go. He knows that I will do it to the best of my ability.
Giving me a chance to handle the ball is a main part of our offense along with Troy and running back Ben Rodman getting the other carries. With us three around the ball at all times our coach believes we can do great things.
You are a three-sport athlete. Talk a little about basketball and lacrosse and what they mean in your life. With so many kids focusing on one sport these days talk about the balance, preference and how each sport affects each other and how they benefit football.
JM: I enjoy playing basketball a lot. As much as my coach hates to hear it, lacrosse is more of a sport that I play to stay in shape. I have been going from season to season since sophomore year so balancing it comes naturally now but football is definitely my favorite. My footwork that I work on every day with football really carries over to basketball and is very helpful.
You guys have now avenged some big losses already from last season, namely Concord-Carlisle. Can you talk about your focus and your team’s focus as you head into DCL Large play this week against L-S?
JM: We've been playing one game at a time all season and we knew we wanted revenge on CC and now the L-S is here we are ready to play a hard nosed game.
The DCL Large should be very competitive this season. Can you talk about your competitors and what it is going to take for you guys to achieve your ultimate goals this season?
JM: L-S and AB are usually our top competitors but we never look past any games so we plan to come and play the exact way for them as we do with Waltham and Newton South as well.
In terms of colleges, what are some of the schools that are on your list and schools you have been hearing the most from the most?
JM: For college I plan on staying in the New England area and no farther than Virginia. So far I have been recent in contact with UNH, UMass, Merrimack, and Stonehill.
How has the recruiting process gone for you to date and what piece of advice would you share with a fellow student-athlete going through the process?
JM: The process is going well, I have been working hard my senior year while continuing to talk to coaches. If they plan to make an offer I will go from there.
The advice I would give to someone is do not sit back and wait for colleges to recognize you. You need to get out to some combines and show off your talent.
Talk about past teammates as well as leaders who have helped progress you along the way.
Every senior that I have been teammates with leading up to this season have been great guys to play with. They have all contributed in many different ways.
My parents have always been behind me in what I have done as well as my coaches from all the sports I play. My football coaches have definitely got me to the point where I am on the field today with all the summer workouts and passing leagues we do every year.
JM: My hobbies consist of hanging out with friends and fishing.