Los Angeles Preps: Jonthan Jerozal

Duo rewriting Canyon record book

October, 20, 2011
Quarterback Jonathan Jerozal and receiver Drew Wolitarsky are rewriting the football record book at Canyon High School.

Jerozal broke the record for career touchdown passes last week against Saugus. He threw three touchdowns against the Centurions and has 62 in his career, breaking the mark of 61 set by Nate Longshore from 2001 to '03.

“I knew I was coming up on it,” Jerozal said. “I wasn’t sure how many I needed. I wasn’t really paying that much attention to it. It’s an amazing feeling, such a feat to hold that record now.”

Wolitarsky set the school receiving and touchdown reception marks this season. He has 3,049 receiving yards and 28 touchdown catches over his career. Sean Coen held the old records of 2,600 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns playing at the same time as Longshore.

Jerozal needs 157 passing yards to break Longshore’s career passing record of 6,789 yards.

The senior quarterback looks back on his career as one of good fortune and opportunity. His coach said Jerozal turned what was a tumultuous time in the football program into a reason to celebrate.

Jerozal was forced into the starting quarterback role as a sophomore, probably a little before he was ready to take over the offense, because several players, including the quarterback, quit the team.

“Bringing Jonathan up, I think we all knew he could play at that level,” Canyon coach Rich Gutierrez said. “Coming in, although he was somewhat young, I think Jonathan had been preparing his whole life to be a quarterback. We were very aware of his natural ability and his instincts. Sometimes, sadly, through unfortunate events, you actually get something that comes out to be just a beautiful thing.”

Canyon, which won a CIF state bowl game in 2003, had one of its worst seasons in 2009, Jerozal’s sophomore season. The Cowboys went 2-9 and missed the playoffs. Jerozal finished his sophomore season with 2,124 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Was he asked to be the starting quarterback at Canyon too soon?

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