Trib HS Insider Q&A: Greensburg Central Catholic's Chase Keller
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Chase Keller had never thrown four touchdown passes in a game.
The Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback managed to do it in the first half alone on Friday against Brownsville, sparking a 42-8 victory — the Centurions' third straight.
“I never even did that in youth football,” said Keller, who completed 10 of 12 passes overall for 188 yards. “Coming out and doing that gives me a positive feeling.”
Keller, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior in his first season as a starter, provided GCC (3-2, 2-2 Class AA Interstate Conference) with a 21-0 first-quarter lead with scoring passes of 37 and 10 yards to P.J. Biros and another 10-yarder to Zach Herman.
He found Nate Stone on a 37-yard strike in the second quarter.
Q: Anytime you throw four touchdown passes in a game, you've got to feel good about yourself, right?
A: I have to give credit to our line. When you have the time, you can do a lot of things. We thought we'd be a powerhouse running team at the beginning of the season, but we changed our offense to a spread; the receivers are spread out and it's just me in the backfield with the option to run or pass.
Q: With colleges taking a look at you as a quarterback, how do you feel about your first high school season as a starter?
A: So far, I think things are going pretty good. I think I need to put on a few more pounds before next season.
Q: How has it been to play a season started out with a late coaching change?
A: I think we jumped into it pretty easily. Both of our co-head coaches (Dan Mahoney and Matt Federico) stepped up and did a good job taking their roles.
Q: Who's your favorite athlete?
A: In the NFL, I like Peyton Manning. He knows the game so well and can dissect the defense so well. I like RG3 (Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III) because he's so good at throwing on the run and running as a mobile quarterback.
Q: Who's been the biggest influence in your life?
A: My dad, starting in first grade, when I first started playing football. He taught me how to throw, even though it wasn't correct back then. He knew the basics and wanted me to play that position. I just appreciate everything he does for me. Coach (Matt) Federico is the quarterbacks coach and the offensive coordinator. He's had a big influence on my season so far.
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