The Valley View senior ran for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns as No. 1 Valley View withstood a furious battle against No. 4 Western Wayne and remained undefeated at 7-0. Here’s more from Kordish’s interview with Joby Fawcett.

Cougars football is important in your family with your late father, Randy, and your uncles, Robert and Randy Castellani, being all-time greats, how important is that pride to motivate you? You can say that it really motivates me. I want to be considered one of the greats like my uncles and my dad. My uncle Randy used to coach me as a kid. It’s almost like I always play to make them proud.

Do you remember your first game played as a varsity Cougar? I remember it well. It was against Lakeland two years ago. We lost, 13-12, in overtime, and ever since then, it’s been like we have to play hard each and every game because the games are played and when they are done, they are gone. They go by so fast. This being my senior year, I want it to slow down, because I don’t want it to end.

You wear No. 34 in honor of your father, how emotional do you get before a game? My dad wore that number. I always idolized my dad. I haven’t had him here with me since I was 4 years old. I hear the stories of how tough he ran and I watch the old films of him running. I try to resemble my game after his.

This has been a very difficult schedule for the Cougars, how well has this team handled it? We have responded really well. We have been able to hold on and win these tough games. I think we have worked well in dealing with adversity. We have a very seasoned line. I trust them and everybody else trusts them. With Janaasah Boone at quarterback, he brings a whole new dimension to the offense.