Currently Millennium high school is on the brink of what could be a very successful season. With numerous returning starters from last year's playoff squad, the Tigers hope to be a strong presence in 4A division 1. We were able to interview one of those returnees DE Tony Lewis.
24-7: What is your favorite thing about playing high school football?
Tony Lewis: My favorite thing about high school football is the competition with each of the players out on the football field. I like to think of it as just you and the man in front of you.
24-7: What is your official height and weight?
Tony Lewis: 5'11 215 pounds.
24-7: What is your greatest football memory?
Tony Lewis: I'd have to say playing in the dome at NAU against Sinagua is one of my greatest football memories.
24-7: What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
Tony Lewis: I have so many goals set for myself but I feel getting region defensive player of the year and becoming even more advanced at my position are my largest ones.
24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer? Have you gone to any combines? How did you do?
Tony Lewis: I have been weight training and working on my footwork to become a bigger, faster and stronger athlete. I went to ASU camp and my team will be attending a camp in Utah.
24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Tony Lewis: Mainly I have worked on the technique of blowing past blockers along with all aspects of footwork. I feel I should improve in all aspects of my game because there is always room for improvement.
24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Tony Lewis: I can't pinpoint one specific player because all of our starters need to be looked out for. They all work to their maximum potential and I think they all will be very successful.
24-7: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Tony Lewis: A teammate I really respect is Jermmel Galloway because he is an awesome athlete on the field and a good friend off the field.
24-7: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? Who are your top 5?
Tony Lewis: Most of the Ivy League schools are looking at me such as Yale, Harvard and Penn University. I have not been given any offers. I do not have a top five yet because I'm still looking at all of my options.
24-7: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Tony Lewis: I would definitely consider staying in state to play college football.
24-7: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
Tony Lewis: The best payer I have ever played against would probably be Ekom Udofia. He was an amazing athlete. To sum things up he is a monster.
24-7: Name one team who you really respect and why?
Tony Lewis: Centennial, they have a hard working tradition and are always great competitors on the football field.
24-7: What other sports do you play?
Tony Lewis: I used to wrestle and I compete in power lifting events.
24-7: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Tony Lewis: 355 bench, 425 squat, 270 power clean and a 5.0 forty yard dash.
24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Tony Lewis: My coach would probably describe me a as an aggressive and competitive athlete who loves to play football.
24-7: Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?
Tony Lewis: Jerome Bettis, because his work ethic is amazing and he never lets anything get in his way.
24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?
Tony Lewis: Our freshman coach always told us never settle for second place.
24-7: What can we expect from Millennium this upcoming season?
Tony Lewis: As long as our team works as a unit on both sides of the ball I believe we will definitely make playoffs. We have excellent talent all over the field. If we stay close as a team and look at each game as our last we should advance further into playoffs.
24-7 would like to thank Tony and head coach Mark Smith for helping us put this interview together.