When asked for the individual goals he set for this season, Jason Ceniti responded with a lengthy pause.
There are only two goals he has in mind. “It’s more win, and really serve my team in any way I possibly can,” Ceniti said.
The junior quarterback at Madison Memorial High School in Wisconsin is off to a flying start on both fronts this season. While passing for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns, Ceniti has helped the Spartans get off to a 5-0 start.
“Coach (Michael) Harris said back when he first took the job that our first mission is becoming Big Eight Conference champions,” Ceniti said. “Our overall goal was to be the most respected and most improved team in the Big Eight. That’s still the mission, and it’s looking really good right now. If we achieve that mission, it sets us up for a good postseason. Instead of saying our goal is winning the state championship, we kind of bring it back and say, ‘Let’s win conference first.’ Once we achieve that, we can move on and pursue the postseason.”
Madison Memorial is well positioned to keep on winning with Ceniti under center.
This is the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder’s first full season as the varsity starter, but Ceniti gained plenty of needed experience as a sophomore last season after taking over as the Spartans’ QB in the third game.
“Looking back at sophomore year, there was a lot to learn,” he said. “I was grateful to be a part of it and have that opportunity because there aren’t that many sophomore that can say they’re a starting quarterback that made the All-City team and so on. To build on that experience, it’s playing a huge part this year.”
Training with QBA the past two years has also played a huge part in Ceniti’s success and development at quarterback. “I owe absolutely everything to QBA,” he said. “The most critical and most valuable things you take away from a QBA camp are the leadership talks that they have. The leadership talks have carried me through my career and through some tough situations.”
Invited to the Duel after attending a camp in Charlotte, Ceniti finished first among incoming juniors at the July showcase in Atlanta.
“I knew I was prepared,” he said. “It was a new experience and I just wanted to make the most of it. With what Coach (Darin) Slack and NFA have taught me, I didn’t really feel a lot of pressure going into it. I felt like it was a great opportunity to just go out there and simply do what I do. I thought it was going to be a lot of fun, but at the same time I just knew it was a business trip. I wasn’t going down there to have a good old time. I was thinking, ‘This is a competition. Let’s go take care of business.’”
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