Lakeland head coach Dave Piwowarczyk saw potential in corner back and kicker Billy Good before anyone else. While working as an assistant coach in 2017, Piwowarczyk took notice of Good and was impressed with the young player’s efficiency on the field.
The coach was impressed by Good’s ability to score, which oftentimes seemed at will. The freshman’s athleticism and social maturity were apparent on the field as well. But there was one problem. Good played soccer, not football.
Good was a talented athlete and a natural leader, which is everything a coach wants in a player.
But soccer and football are two completely different sports. Good was also a top-tier soccer player. He would be hanging up his soccer cleats in leiu of a sport he had little experience playing.
Would this moment forever be known as an opportunity of a lifetime or a colossal mistake?
Good recently began his senior year and has no regrets about the decision. He’s one of Lakeland’s most versatile weapons on offense and special teams. He was also an all-star selection in 2018.
We sat down with Good for a Q and A.
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as a hard working kid and will do anything to get the job done.
Do you play any other sports?
I do track and field.
How do you prepare for each game?
On game days I typically listen to music the whole day. I like to just get into the zone.
What’s your relationship like with your coach Dave Piwowarczyk?
Coach and I have been together since he let me kick for the freshman team in my ninth-grade year. He was the first person to influence me to switch over from soccer to football. He saw it before everyone else did and I really appreciate him for doing that.
What are your plans for next year?
I will definitely attend college whether I play football or not.
What are the expectations for the Chiefs this season?
I expect nothing but the best from this group of guys. We have the talent to do some major things but we have to come together and dominate as a whole.
Who has been your biggest influence thus far?
My biggest influence is definitely my grandfather. He’s my number-one supporter.
How do you keep loose when you know your number is about to be called?
I keep loose by clearing my head and just focusing on what’s about to happen.
Name something people would be surprised to know about you.
I’ve played soccer since I was 4 but I switched from soccer to football my junior year.
Lakeland takes on West Scranton on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m.