Zeise Helps Team To Three-Peat

Elijah Zeise caught 5 passes for 89 yards in his team's 21-14 win over Woodland Hills on Friday. Up next, a PIAA quarterfinal matchup with McDowell, led by Pitt commit James Conner.

In his two-year career at North Allegheny (PA), Elijah Zeise has been a key part in two WPIAL championships. Last year, it was at cornerback, where Zeise finished with 42 tackles and an interception.

This year, Zeise is a two-year starter at receiver an corner, recording 21 catches for 611 yards and four touchdowns on offense; 35 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

Whether it's being a part of one championship team as he was last year, or another this year, Zeise says the feeling never gets old.

"It's just a really good feeling, I really don't know what else to say," Zeise said. "I just love it.

"It's just a great testament to everything these coaches do to get us prepared to handle anything. It's just amazing."

Zeise stands with one offer from Pittsburgh, but he has made his rounds to a number of college games this season. He has attended the West Virginia-Baylor game in September, and most recently the Maryland-Florida State game. He's keeping a close eye, and likes something about all the schools.

With Maryland, he's developed a pretty close rapport with the coaching staff; especially Greg Gattuso, who recruits western Pennsylvania for the Terps.

"They lost to Florida State, but I really didn't care about that," Zeise said. "It was real nice down there. The coaches are all real nice.

"West Virginia has a real nice atmosphere. I like their atmosphere and their offense. They really like to get it done down there."

Zeise was also able to get to a few Pitt games this fall. Despite the Panthers' 5-6 mark, he likes the direction the program is heading.

"I talk to the coaches there, and they just tell me to keep doing what I'm doing," Zeise added.

Up next for Zeise's Tigers, a showdown with Erie's McDowell High School. McDowell has Pitt commit James Conner, who rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-0 win over State College on Friday. Conner has over 1,600 yards rushing this season, helping his team to a school-record 468 points scored this year.

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