David Krewson arrived at his first Duel in July as a quarterback with some uncertainty in his skills. He left NFA’s international competition brimming with confidence.
“That’s really where the tide kind of turned for me,” Krewson said. “I started to realize I could really take over the job and lead the team.”
Krewson entered the Duel not quite knowing what to expect, and he exited as the fourth-place finisher among incoming high school juniors.
“My goal was just to do as well as I could,” Krewson said. “I wasn’t really expecting to make it to the finals. Obviously I was trying my hardest, but I didn’t know if I would or not since it was my first experience at a competition like that. I was really happy that I ended up making it to the finals. It definitely boosted my confidence a lot.”
Heading to his junior season at Blue Mountain High School in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., Krewson was the backup varsity quarterback. A change was made before the Eagles’ fourth game, and it changed the course of his season.
“I found out I was starting when we were going through walk throughs the day before the fourth game,” Krewson said. “Looking back, the first game was a little iffy. I was a little nervous and I wasn’t fully prepared yet. But as the weeks progressed, I got better and better and better. I became more acclimated to it and got more comfortable.”
When the season was over, Blue Mountain was 9-2 and the 2016 Class 4A Eastern Conference champions. “I was actually pretty happy,” Krewson said. “That period where we switching between quarterbacks, it was a little rough and the guys seemed a little out of it. It didn’t seem like we were all playing together as a team at that moment. But as the season went on, we really came together and finished the season off strong.”
Krewson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder, finished his junior campaign with 40 completions on 82 attempts for 782 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also rushed for 87 yards and 2 TDs.
“I was surprised a little bit,” Krewson said of his performance. “I was a little nervous at first and I wasn’t really expecting anything big. But when I got comfortable and my mechanics kept coming – and with everything I learned from NFA – it just came naturally and everything worked really well. Each week, I progressively got better and better. The more experience I got and the more time I got to practice with the guys and work on my mechanics, it got better and better each week.”
Training with NFA and Coach James Martinez for nearly two years has been huge for Krewson. “NFA has definitely helped me,” he said. “Pretty much everything I’ve learned as far as quarterbacking goes and developing my skills has come from NFA.”
Krewson is already training for next year with the Eagles, and he’s shown his leadership by helping organize winter workout sessions for the rest of the team.
“Right now, I’m fully dedicated for my senior season,” Krewson said. “I’m working on getting all the guys into the weight room that I can and have everybody be dedicated to the team. I’m really pumped for next season.”