By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Friday night in Morrison during the first round of the Class A state playoffs, the Fairland Owls got off to a quick start, scoring on the first play of the game and on an interception return. The Wildcats’ freshman running back Jordan Quinata turned the momentum back to Morrison’s way in a 38-12 victory.
“It felt pretty good,” Quinata said. “You just hope it carries on into next week’s game.”
Quinata rushed for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns. Coach Cory Bales said Quinata has run well.
“He understands how he is being blocked up front and how to get up there and get behind the pulling guard and get the yardage that’s there,” Bales said. “He has great speed and strength for such a young kid. He’s done a super job.”
The freshman running back’s first touchdown gave Morrison an 8-6 lead with 19 seconds left in the first quarter. After the Owls’ interception return for a score put them on top 12-8, Quinata broke a 63-yard run, giving the Wildcats the lead for good at 14-12. With 3:07 left in the first half, Quinata scored on a 10-yard run, increasing Morrison’s lead to 22-12. The freshman gave credit to his offensive line.
“The linemen blocked it well,” Quinata said. “I just want to keep playing with these guys. I wouldn’t play for any other school.”
Quinata said he’s a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Maurice Jones Drew’s running style.
“He’s quick,” Quinata said of his favorite running back. “He likes to put on a lot of moves.”
Jaclyn McKnight, Ripley basketball
In the Lady Warriors’ season opener Friday, McKnight led the team with 21 points in a 51-17 victory over Oilton. Ripley was able to jump out early and never looked back. The Lady Warriors played at Muhall-Orlando Tuesday and visit Frontier on Friday.
Caulden Greenfield, Ripley basketball
Greenfield scored 21 points and helped the Warriors knock off Oilton 58-44 in Friday’s season opener. Ripley trailed after the first quarter but outscored Oilton 30-17 in the second and third quarters.
Scott VanDorn, Morrison football
VanDorn was a solid second option in the Wildcats’ running game, picking up 73 yards on 11 carries. VanDorn also caught a pair of passes for 18 yards, helping the Wildcats to a 38-12 first-round victory over Fairland Friday.
Cole McKnight, Cushing football
Though his team lost, McKnight was a key target for quarterback Bingham Hightower in the first round of the 3A state playoffs against Blanchard Friday. McKnight caught six passes for 109 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Darreal Williams, Perry football
Williams rushed for 137 yards and scored on a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that helped Perry move within a touchdown of Millwood on Friday. Williams also caught two passes for 62 yards.
Austin Allen, Perry football
The senior running back helped the Maroons move the ball on offense, rushing for 101 yards on 30 carries and scoring two touchdowns. Late in the fourth quarter Allen recovered an onside kick that gave Perry a chance to drive for the win. The seniors’ rushing total made him a two-time 1,000 yard rusher.