Next year, Vincent Cajano will be a freshman at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. It is the ideal landing spot for the rising young quarterback.
In early December, the Dutchmen crushed South Shore H.S. 34-7 at Yankee Stadium to win the PSAL City Conference championship game, capping an 11-1 season.
A powerhouse program in NYC, Erasmus Hall has to be happy that Cajano is getting closer to joining the roster. He worked out with the varsity as an eighth grader this season and odds are, he’ll be making an impact for the Dutchmen in the coming years.
“I have been playing quarterback since before I could remember,” he said. “The one thing I like about the quarterback position is that I have all the pressure and it’s all on me. I love that.”
Performing under pressure is not an easy task, but Cajano has been getting the job done since he started playing football at the flag level. In limited play this season, he completed 16 of 20 passes for over 300 yards and 5 touchdowns.
“My goal from the start of this year was to do my best ever,” Cajano said. “My strengths as a quarterback are I can see the field and make every throw, but I would like to break out a 60-yard run, not just a 20-yard run. I am working on improving getting my lower body and my core more into my throw, and I’m also working on getting faster.”
Cajano has been training with NFA for six years, which has helped him develop his throwing and running skills. “Before I came to NFA, I didn’t know anything,” he said. “Now I have so much knowledge as a quarterback on the field and off. I’ve really learned how to throw the football and I am still learning better ways to throw.”
The passing skills were on display again at the Duel in July. After receiving an invite to NFA’s showcase competition in Seattle, Cajano finished second among incoming eighth graders.
Before his sixth grade season, he won the Duel, and Cajano placed third before his seventh grade season. “I feel good about my success at the Duel this year,” he said. “I used it as a learning experience because I feel I should have done better. The Duel always boosts my confidence going into the season because it gives me belief in myself and holds me to a higher standard.”
In his final year at I.S. 201 Dyker Heights Intermediate School, Cajano is continuing to make the grade in the classroom. “Being an honor roll student helps me on the football field,” he said. “It helps me understand the many different things that happen before and during plays and that allows me to react and make my team better.”
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