Valley View junior Jordan Conserette found out a little more than 24 hours before the season opener against Wallenpaupack that he would be the starting quarterback in place of an ailing Janaasah Boone.
Although he admitted he was nervous, Conserette calmed down with the help of his teammates and led the Cougars, top-ranked in the Times-Tribune poll, to a 27-14 win. He ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 90 yards and a score. His 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter helped Valley View extend a halftime lead to 21-7. He then sealed the victory with a 62-yard TD pass to Zack Kovalchik in the fourth quarter.
Here is more from Conserette’s Athlete of the Week interview:
Other sports I play: Lacrosse. Since Valley View doesn’t have a team, how did you get interested in that? I used to play for the Scranton Youth League. I’ve played for about three years. I’m trying to see if I can play on another (high school) team in the spring this year (through a co-op). How does lacrosse help with football and vice versa? Probably conditioning. You have to be very conditioned for the sport. The right after that is football (season), so it helps a lot.
Favorite teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Penn State
Athletes I admire: Nick Foles. He was in the same position I am. Had to step in when the starter was out and get a big win for his team.
Favorite food: Clams
Superstitions and rituals: Me and Zack Manchak go to Subway before every game. I eat a meatball hoagie every time.
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Russell Westbrook, Nick Foles, Carson Wentz
Post-graduation plans: To go to college. No idea what I want to study yet. I would like to continue to play sports in college.
The team came out of the locker room to start the second half and put together a 12-play scoring drive, 11 of which were running plays. What was the mindset during that drive? Just to try to play Valley View football. Ground and pound. Mix in a little play-action. In this case, it worked. What halftime adjustments did you have to make? Wallenpaupack was blitzing a lot, so we had top adjust (to that).
When Boone returns, will you be content returning to your role as backup quarterback? Could a quarterback controversy be brewing? I’m not too sure. Whatever happens it’s going to help the team. The best man will help the team out. We have confidence in either one of us.
How would you compare your quarterbacking style to Boone’s? He’s a running quarterback. I’m usually a passer.