Osmany Guzman is on quite a roll.
A year ago, he attended his first Duel and finished in second place among incoming fifth graders at NFA’s prestigious quarterback competition.
Guzman went on to pass for 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading the Allentown (Pa.) Central Catholic Mini Vikes to the playoffs and an 8-1 record.
This year, he finished second again among incoming sixth graders after securing a Duel invite at an NFA camp in Fairfax, Va.
“I was happy to be able to come back and place second two years in a row,” Guzman said. “It made me feel all the hard work, training and off-season conditioning will pay off in long run. It made me feel like I am on the right track and I need to continue to work hard and stay humble. I was very confident heading into the season.”
It was another successful season for Guzman. While passing for 1,850 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 3 more TDs, he led the South Parkland Trojans to an 11-2 record.
The Trojans were the Lehigh County divison winners and they made it to the Eastern Pennsylvania Suburban Youth League championship game.
“The goals before the season were having a successful season, leading by example, winning the championship in our division and having fun with my friends and teammates,” Guzman said. “I’m happy I was able to lead my team to the league championship game and I’m happy I was able to play the game I love.”
This was his fifth season playing QB, and Guzman’s arrow continues pointing up. “What I like most about the quarterback position is being the leader on the field and helping my teammates,” he said. “I also like working alongside my teammates for one common goal, winning the championship.”
Guzman has been training with NFA and Coach James Martinez for almost five years, and he gives them both big credit for his development. “NFA has taught me everything I know about the QB position,” Guzman said. “I started training with them when I was 7 years old and they have taught me fundamentals, proper mechanics and how to conduct myself around my teammates, family members and peers. NFA has taught to put my personal goals aside for the good of the team, to sacrifice and to give more of myself knowing I might not receive the same in exchange.”
If he sounds like an intelligent young quarterback, it adds up. In addition to being one of the top sixth grade QBs in the country, Guzman is an Honor Roll student at Orefield Middle School. “School has helped me understand the offense and playbook and it helps me to read the defense during games,” he said.
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