High school football: Wasatch QB James Delacenserie stays consistent
HEBER CITY — Through seven games Wasatch quarterback James Delacenserie has been as consistent as the 5 a.m. train.
You don't need beakers, bottles or tubes to find the formula of Delacenserie's play. It's simple: he throws touchdowns; he doesn't throw interceptions.
While guiding the Wasps to a 6-1 record, including six straight after dropping the opener against Grantsville, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has thrown for 25 touchdowns – the highest total in the 3A classification by nine, compared to only three interceptions.
But his gaudy numbers don't stop there. The seniors' statistics generate double takes like a pretty lady at the mall. Currently he's completing 68 percent of his attempts through the air and leads 3A in passing yards (1,839) and averages 16.4 yards per completion.
"Just taking whatever the defense gives you in the short passing game — (I'll) take that all day," said Delacenseire. "Just take opportunities downfield when you can."
Against North Sanpete he put up numbers like a created player on XBOX — throwing for 442 yards and six touchdowns. Then, he racked up 10 total TDs against Judge Memorial and Morgan. No wonder he's gaining interest from the ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten, SEC and Big 12.
However, he's yet to face as formidable of an opponent as he will Friday night when Juan Diego makes the trip to Heber City. The Soaring Eagle is 7-0 and has only surrendered 67 points the entire year.
"It's hard to find (holes) in (their) defense," Delacenserie said. "We have to figure out where their weakness is and try to expose it and take advantage of it. They have a lot of strengths that we'll have to overcome."
The Juan Diego secondary has snagged 12 interceptions this season, but will be without its team leader in picks, junior Cole Nelson, who's slotted to start at quarterback in place of Nick Markosian while he recovers from a separated shoulder. David Alexander will fill the void at safety.
"I feel they're the best offense we're going to face," Nelson said. "But I feel like our defense will step up to the challenge. I think their offense is more effective on the short passes but we're not going to let them go deep."
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