Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Jeannette’s Zack Altieri |

Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Jeannette’s Zack Altieri

Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Jeannette wide receiver Zack Altieri catches a third quarter touchdown pass against Brentwood during their WPIAL Class A opening round playoff game at Mckee Stadium on Oct. 31, 2014, in Jeannette. Jeannette defeated Brentwood 50-19.

Jeannette senior Zack Altieri is a four-year starter for the Jayhawks on defense. The three-sport star also plays basketball and baseball.

This season, Altieri has been used on offense, utilizing his running and receiving ability. He has rushed for 374 yards and scored eight touchdowns, and caught eight passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns.

An unselfish player, Altieri was moved from defensive back to linebacker after Week 6, and he has thrived to the new position.

“The coaches told me to be aggressive and make tackles,” Altieri said. “It’s different, but I’m enjoying it.”

Altieri and his teammates face a tough opponent in No. 3 Neshannock (10-0) on Friday in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals, and the Jayhawks (9-1) are looking forward to the challenge.

Q: What do you think it means to be a Jayhawk?

A: It’s means a lot. You’re just not playing for your school but for all the people in the community. There is a lot of pride to be a Jayhawk football player.

Q: What’s the last movie you watched?

A: I saw ‘Annabelle’ a couple weeks ago. It’s about a possessed demon doll. It’s pretty scary, probably a movie I wouldn’t watch by myself.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?

A: I have a few. People would be surprised to know that I like soccer and watching Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. If soccer was a different season in high school, I’d probably play soccer. I don’t think many people know I like soccer.

Q: If you were an actor, what type of movie would star in?

A: I’d like to play the Joker in a Batman movie. Julian Batts and I like to joke around a lot in school.

Q: What type of music do you like to listen to?

A: I’m a Justin Bieber fan. I like his music.

Q: Does the team do anything special before games?

A: Prior to the playoffs, we’d go to Buffalo Wild Wings. During the playoffs, it’s a tradition to eat pasta at Pitzer’s. The day of the game, I eat a Chick-fil-A sandwich.

Q: What is your most memorable high school football game?

A: I hope it hasn’t happened yet. Beating Greensburg Central Catholic is fun, but playing in the WPIAL Class AA championship against Aliquippa at Heinz Field my freshman season ranks No. 1 now.

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