Saturday was a big day for J.J. Cosentino, as he guided his Central Catholic football team to its first WPIAL title since 2007, it's fourth since 2003.
In the 27-7 win over Woodland Hills in Saturday's Quad-A championship, Cosentino scrambled for a 3-yard touchdown run, giving his team a 20-0 lead right before halftime.
He also continues the tradition of Central Catholic quarterbacks heading to ACC schools. Tino Sunseri went on to start at Pittsburgh, Perry Hills went on to start at Maryland as a true freshman. Now, Cosentino heads to Florida State, where current quarterback Jameis Winston is in the thick of the Heisman race.
"It's awesome," Cosentino said. "Obviously, Coach Jimbo (Fisher) is teaching m the right things to do."
Even if it means redshirting behind a guy who will be in Tallahassee for at least another year. The fact that Winston had guided Florida State to the forefront of the national title talk. Cosentino said based on what he's done this year, and what Florida State has accomplished, he's all the more excited about coming to Tallahassee.
"It's the best offense I can be in, in my opinion," Cosentino said. "Their offense, they get to chuck it around a lot. They run it a couple times. All those athletes to throw to is awesome. Hopefully I'll have the same opportunity down there as (Winston)."
As the second half started in Saturday's win, snow flurries with lake effect wind chills hovered over Heinz Field. It wasn't the best condition for a passing game, but after getting a touchdown run and the win, Cosentino says football is football.
"We love the cold weather, we did what we had to do to win," Cosentino said. "I prefer the warm weather to the cold, but we just did what we had to do to win. To us, it's a boost. We're a tough team. We practice in it. We're used to it. I think it helped to our advantage."
Cosentino has already made one trip to Tallahassee, for the Seminoles' win over N.C. State earlier this season. He will play in this year's Semper-Fi Bowl game in California, then hopefully take his official visit to Tallahassee later in January.
"Last time I was down there, it was for N.C. State," Cosentino said. "I'm probably going to wait until after the season. We're busy, and obviously our goal is state championship (December 14). I'll probably go after (the season), probably in January, and take my official for a basketball game or something like that."