Small-school QB hopes to make big im­pres­sion

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for 3,010 yards and 35 touch­downs for the Saints (5-6).

But even with those num­bers, Cohn hasn’t re­ceived any for­mal col­lege schol­ar­ship of­fers. He is hop­ing a good out­ing Thurs­day will gen­er­ate greater at­ten­tion from re­cruiters.

Kick­off is 7:30 p.m.

“I feel like I’ve been slept on through­out my life, so this just mo­ti­vates me to play bet­ter through­out the year,” Cohn said af­ter Tues­day’s prac­tice at San­ford Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Cohn is fa­mil­iar with deal­ing with ad­ver­sity, and it’s led him to make bold moves.

Af­ter three years at Lake Brant­ley, he trans­ferred to Trin­ity Prep this past sum­mer, where he even­tu­ally led the Saints’ of­fense — some­thing he couldn’t do with the Pa­tri­ots.

“We were a triple-op­tion of­fense,” said Lake Brant­ley coach David Delfi­acco, who is the head coach for the East team that Cohn will play for this week.

“He’s the type of kid that throws the foot­ball. Where he ended up go­ing was bet­ter for him, so I un­der­stood that de­ci­sion.”

Cohn is one of sev­eral small-school quar­ter­backs who will be try­ing to prove them­selves against the big schools.

The Mas­ter’s Academy’s Ty Poor­man (6-1, 185 pounds) led the Ea­gles (9-2) to their best sea­son in school history. The Ea­gles won the Sun­shine State Ath­letic Con­fer­ence as Poor­man threw 29 touch­down passes.

“I feel like play­ing against the best of the best in the area will help me and show coaches what I can do against higher-skilled playthis ers,” Poor­man said.

Poor­man, who also trans­ferred last sum­mer but from Or­lando Univer­sity, said he has an of­fer from Val­paraiso Univer­sity but con­tin­ues to weigh more op­tions.

Cohn, how­ever, thinks he and Poor­man will need to be de­ter­mined.

“I feel like we just both have that same chip on our shoul­der that we have to prove our­selves,” said Cohn. “I mean he ob­vi­ously loves the game too.

“Ev­ery­one out here just loves it. They want to put an ex­tra time, so I feel like it’s just ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion for the both of us to push our­selves to get that of­fer that we re­ally want.”

An­other record-set­ting se­nior, Henry Aus­tad (6-3, 195 pounds) of Foun­da­tion Academy, is on the West ros­ter. He threw for 2,817 yards and 29 touch­downs sea­son for the Lions (9-3) and sur­passed 6,000 pass­ing yards for his three­year ca­reer.

Cohn, Poor­man and Aus­tad all would love to du­pli­cate the All-Star Game suc­cess that launched the ca­reer of for­mer Del­tona Trin­ity Chris­tian quar­ter­back Pax­ton Lynch. Lynch was pretty much for­got­ten by ma­jor col­leges af­ter a knee bruise kept him off the field for much of his se­nior high school sea­son, but he changed all that when he earned MVP hon­ors at the 2011 Cen­tral Florida Al­lS­tar game.

Lynch went on to star at Mem­phis and was a firstround pick of the Den­ver Bron­cos in the 2016 NFL draft. He is now in his third pro sea­son, serv­ing as a backup quar­ter­back for the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers.

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