Arundel’s Nick Rosati and Century’s Ryan Throndset discovered they have more in common than their position when they met last month at a quarterback showcase in Severn.
From Rosati’s recollection, the conversation began something like this:
Rosati: You ever hear of Billy Cosh?
Throndset: Oh, the kid who broke all the records?
Rosati: Yeah, I’m following behind him.
Throndset: No way. I’m doing the same thing behind Josh Bordner.
Following an All-Metro quarterback can be a daunting task, especially following Cosh or Bordner, two of the best Baltimore-area high school quarterbacks ever.
Cosh, now at Kansas State, set 13 state passing records, including completing 292 of 448 passes last season for 3,913 yards and 56 touchdowns. He was The Sun’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Bordner, who was surrounded by a young Knights team but was also a quick scrambler, threw for 2,082 yards and 18 touchdowns and ran for 329 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is now playing for Boston College.
Rosati and Throndset spent last season playing behind these guys and both said it was a great learning experience.
“You just kind of have to sit back and take it all in,” Throndset said. “There’s not much you can do to break into the starting role. You see it from a different perspective. You can watch and learn things you can’t see when you’re playing.”
Both seniors said they were OK with their roles last season, knowing they would get a shot this fall and that watching Cosh and Bordner would only make them better.
“It wasn’t frustrating at all because Billy was a great guy about it and he would always try to get me in as much as he could,” Rosati said. “If we were up by a little too much Billy would be like, ‘Coach, Coach put Rosati in.” That was really nice of him. When he left, he taught me everything he knew which was great.”
They both learned well.
Rosati started off the season two weeks ago by hitting 18 of 32 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns and running for another TD in a 30-7 win over defending state Class 4A champion Old Mill. In two games, he has completed 35 of 53 passes for 509 yards and seven touchdowns.
Friday night, Throndset hit 20 of 28 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in the final 18 minutes of regulation to rally the Knights from down 28-6 at halftime to win in overtime 35-34 against Tuscarora. In his first two games, he has completed 35 of 70 passes for 476 yards and five touchdowns.
Although both players said they are a bit behind in their college recruiting process because they did not start last season, they are thrilled to finally have the chance to step into a starting role.
“We talked about how we were excited to get our shot, to get out there and see what we can do,” Throndset said. “You have to have a positive attitude about it. You take a back seat for a year, but when it’s your turn you have to show people what you can do.”
Both players will be in action tonight, playing on Thursday because the Yom Kippur holiday begins at sundown Friday. Rosati and the No. 2 Wildcats face a huge road game at No. 5 Broadneck, which has allowed just seven points in the first two games. Throndset, an All-Carroll County safety last season, leads the Knights in a home game against a tough Frederick County opponent, Thomas Johnson, at 7 p.m.