Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2015 signal-caller Josh Rosen has experienced both.
On Friday night, Rosen and the Braves defeated Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro 38-17 in the first round of playoffs, getting one step closer to the state championship.
"I think we were pretty productive on offense. We did exactly what we wanted to after practicing hard all week. Our defense had a good game and they seriously stepped up in the second half, giving us some opportunity to separate from Tesoro. It was a complete team effort: special teams, offense, defense, all around," he said.
Rosen, who is in his first year as the starter for Bosco, can see a progression in his ability on the field since his season opener.
"I think I've just improved with my confidence and my poise in the pocket and just getting a better feel for the game. I got concussed in the first game, so that wasn't too great a start to the season, but I have to keep doing what I've been doing since week one. I've been watching a lot of film, working just as hard in the weight room and practicing just as hard on the field," he said.
Rosen holds an early offer from Fresno State, which he picked up before ever starting a Varsity game.
"They offered me last spring and that was sort of out of the blue. I'd been talking with them leading into the season, but everything kind of shut down a little bit as the season started up.
"I've been going to a few games here and there, like Stanford vs. California and UCLA vs. Arizona, but I can't really worry about recruiting too much right now. I just have to finish the season before thinking about any of that. I have upwards of six, seven months to take care of anything," he said.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect, who currently maintains a 4.2 GPA, has enjoyed his unique opportunity to make an impact for his team as an underclassman.
"It's awesome. You get a few more handshakes in the halls, high-fives from teachers. Everything has been great, but I can't let that get to my head too much," he laughed. "We still have a CIF Championship to win."
Rosen and the Braves will face Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame this Friday night in round two of the playoffs.
"We just have to make sure we continue to play as hard as we did tonight. I think if we do that, we can come out on top no matter who we play," he said.