TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Daily News Q&A: Serra Catholic's Zac Quattrone

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For The Daily News
Serra Catholic junior quarterback Zac Quattrone drops back during practice Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.
Top high school sports
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.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Rossi: After L.A., NFL should tread carefully
  2. Starter Liriano strikes out 12, leads Pirates to series sweep of Mets
  3. Acme man’s ephemeral sculptures appear to defy laws of physics
  4. Oncologists wary of scaled-back guidelines in cancer screenings
  5. Kennywood fanatic, 82, rides Jack Rabbit 95 times in a row
  6. Neighbor arrested after McKeesport house fire, authorities say
  7. Posthumous election wins have happened in Western Pa., nation
  8. Unquestionable courage & sacrifice
  9. Early success in White House race a pleasant surprise for Carson
  10. Memorial Day service in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies still growing
  11. Motorist killed in Armstrong County rollover crash