Dunmore running back Kyle Lasher has been deaf since birth, making even more remarkable what he has accomplished in his senior season.
Heading into Friday night’s PIAA playoff against York Catholic, Lasher has rushed for more than 1,200 yards and has scored 20 rushing touchdowns for the 12-0 Bucks. He is coming off a three-touchdown, 192-yard performance against Lakeland in a 28-14 win in the District 2 Class 2A final.
Tell us what it’s like to have eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in a season. Was that a goal of yours coming into this year?
Before the season started. I set a goal of 1,000 yards and I did it. No one really thought I got 1,000 yards. I had 700, and then I got the 234, it was kind of a surprise. I didn’t really know.
You have incredible speed. Has anyone else told you that?
Well, I read the articles, Joby Fawcett wrote, and they say that a lot. It’s a really nice compliment.
Every running back praises his offensive line, and I’m sure that you are no different.
I give them a lot of credit. They do a great job. They fulfill their responsibilities and they make a hole for me. They do that really well. I trust them.
Your quarterback has really improved in terms of him throwing the ball. How much pressure has that taken off the running game?
Gavin Darcy is our quarterback and he’s been doing a great job this season. I’m really happy because we can throw more, so it’s a relief.
York Catholic is your next opponent. Talk a little about what you have to do to have a successful outcome Friday night.
We have to do the same thing we’ve been doing all year, from the first week until now. Every week we have to get better and it’s going to get harder every week. So, we have to get better to get ready for Friday night.
What are your plans after high school?
I’d like to continue my football career at Gallaudet University, but for my other options, I haven’t really decided yet.