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Lenschow probably didn't know he'd play as a sophomore, but it didn't take long to settle in. His third start at quarterback, Lenschow threw for six touchdowns in a win over Woodstock.
"First game, it was a little nerve racking but once you settle in it's not much different," Lenschow said. "With experience, you get more confidence."
Lenschow and DiCostanzo provide a clear contrast at quarterback.
DiCostanzo is a lefty with excellent mobility, a true triple threat. Lenschow, right-handed, is taller, strong-armed, a more traditional pocket passer.
"Johnny is more the scrambler but Jake can also run," Melvin said. "We don't have a quarterback problem here. We have a plethora of quarterbacks, even down to seventh graders. We're blessed to have both."
"It's going to keep a lot of teams on their toes," DiCostanzo said. "We both have different skills. Teams will have to account for both run and pass. And if we're both on the field, they'll have to watch out."
Indeed, don't expect to see both just play quarterback this fall.
Lenschow played safety, wide receiver and quarterback at a 7-on-7 last week at Oswego East. DiCostanzo, besides quarterback, lined up at wide receiver and linebacker.
With numbers down, Melvin will need those two and more to be two-way players. The Rockets, with seven starters back, are busy figuring this out in July. Central hosted its own 7-on-7s with South Elgin and Hampshire, and are at St. Charles North this week.
"The best players are going to play," Melvin said. "The questions we're trying to answer right now is who can contribute, who is willing to go make a play, who is willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team. We don't have a lot of questions to answer, but we do have questions as far as personnel."