Small-school QB hopes to make big impression
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.