Daily News Q&A: Serra Catholic's Zac Quattrone
By Dave Mackall
Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
playing in just his second game with a newly installed offense, Serra Catholic quarterback Zac Quattrone topped 400 total yards, despite a second consecutive blowout loss by the Eagles.
Quattrone rushed for 219 yards and passed for 183 in Serra Catholic's 55-26 setback at Hancock (Md.) on Saturday.
“A lot of people would get the illusion that those were just junk yards,” first-year Serra Catholic coach Tony St. Angelo said. “Both teams had their first teams on the field the whole way through the game. We had a number of potential scores stopped. We fumbled at the 1, and they drove 99 yards for a touchdown. That was a 14-point swing.
“Those yards of Zac's were all legitimate.”
Quattrone, a 5-foot-11, 155-pound junior, is learning to run a spread offense installed by St. Angelo, who took over when Jamie Eckels returned to McKeesport as an assistant. Serra Catholic ran the option under Eckels in 2012.
“I feel like I know the plays like the back of my hand,” Quattrone said. “Before the season, though, I wasn't really familiar with them.”
Q: How well are you adapting to the new offense?
A: I think the whole team has adapted well. We're a lot better than we were going into camp. We've jelled as a team.
Q: Being an avid baseball player, and because this new offense requires more passing, what adjustments did you need to make throwing the football?
A: The first time I came in — the first practice this year — I was gripping the ball like a baseball. I was throwing ducks to the receivers. The ball was flying all over the place. Coach helped me out with getting my elbow up and following through with my throwing motion.
Q: What is your favorite college team?
A: Oregon, because the offense they run is similar to ours.
Q: What type of music do you mostly listen to?
A: Rap, I guess. I like Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar. I'd say those are two of my favorites.
Q: What's your favorite class?
A: Lunch. I don't have a favorite class. I love to play football.
Q: Who's been the biggest influence in your life?
A: My dad. He's taught me a lot about football. He was my coach sometimes in little league. He taught me about how to go hard every play and play smart.
Q: What would you share with your teammates that you think could help them?
A: I'd tell them to just go hard. Give 100 percent on every play. I would think they would do that for me because I won't stop doing that for them.
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