Would Conner Cronin be rusty in real-game situations at the beginning of the 2012 season?
That was a valid question back in August for Cronin and his teammates at Teurlings Catholic. After all, the strong-armed 6-6 QB sat out last year after transferring from University Lab to Teurlings.
It quickly became clear, however, that Cronin was well-prepared to lead TCHS head coach Sonny Charpentier's varied, creative offensive scheme.
The Rebels are sitting at 7-1 heading into this week's game at Northside, and Cronin is ranked sixth in the Lafayette area with 1,308 yards passing (98-of-156, 11 TDs, 3 interceptions).
He was named statewide Player of the Week (all classes) following Teurlings' week four defeat of Calvary Baptist. The senior connected on 22-of-27 attempts for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the (52-28) victory over a red-hot Calvary squad.
"We hope to go far in the playoffs," Cronin said. "We'll have to get more healthy, execute as well as we can, stay away from turnovers, and become more disciplined by reducing pre-snap penalties."
Cronin hopes to land his first offer soon.
"I was at Louisiana Tech camp with the Calvary quarterback (Daniel Fitzwater)," he said. "Fitzwater (6-6, 225, SR) is huge. He was throwing good balls at camp. He's also agile getting out of the pocket.
"I talked with Coach (Tim) Leger after a McNeese (St.) game. McNeese asked me to visit and I did. They seemed really interested in (Catholic-NI QB) Joe Lissard, who has an offer."
Cronin simply wants a fair shot on the next level and he's earned it this fall.
"I feel like I've done well with this being my first varsity experience as the starter," he said. "I think it was probably best that I sat out last year, because I learned under D'Shaie Landor. My fundamentals have gotten better.
"I'm not really hearing any details with recruiting; I'm interested in any schools that will show me interest."
During Landor's tenure at Teurlings, the Rebels reached the 2010 Class 4A semifinals before getting eliminated by Edna Karr. Teurlings bounced perennial powers Lutcher and Neville but fell on the road to Karr.
Cronin has dreams of taking north Lafayette-based Teurlings one step further in this year's 4A bracket.
The path to the Superdome is packed with elite 4A programs. Karr, Neville and Lutcher are all undefeated through week eight. Neville, the defending champ, owns two of the past three titles. After finishing as runner-up the past two years, the Karr Cougars are quite motivated to get over the hump.