Local High School Player Has Historic WPIAL Performance
by Noah Litzinger October 5, 2018
CORAOPOLIS, Pa- Local Cornell High School junior and starting QB Zaier Harrison had a performance for the ages, cementing his name in WPIAL history. When Cornell arrived to play against Laurel on Friday night, the coaching staff had a passing mindset, and they certainly accomplished on it. Harrison passed the ball 27-45, a 60% completion percentage, for 493 yards. Cornell lost the game 35-34 in an offense-heavy game, but you can’t fault Harrison’s incredible performance.
Harrison’s 493 passing yards in a single game is the fourth most in WPIAL History, and only 58 yards off the highest mark ever accomplished by a WPIAL quarterback. Before Friday, Harrison passed the ball an average of 15 times for a total of 1,121 yards. Harrison, in one game, passed for 43% of his total yards on the season, further signifying just how electric he was in the game.
Hopefully, an outstanding performance by Harrison will prompt more colleges to take notice. Ed Dawson, Harrison’s head coach, believes Harrison could easily play at the Division II level, but hopes he could even play for a FCS team. Certainly, however, this performance will have colleges putting Harrison on their radar.
Cornell, following this loss, is now 4-3 on the season, and has two more games left on the year, an away game at GCC, and a home game against rival OLSH to end the season.