MORRISON, Okla. —
The Morrison Wildcats may not have played as well as they wanted to but Jordan Quinata had four first-half touchdowns and five total, leading Morrison to a 44-7 rout of the Fairland Owls in the first round of the Class A playoffs at Dennis Casey Stadium.
“We didn’t come off the football really well,” coach Cory Bales said. “We were really passive up front and they were playing soft techniques and playing at the line of scrimmage and we didn’t run through very well. ... On the flip side we will definitely take a 44-7 win and move on. It’s going to take a better effort next week.”
The Wildcats (10-1) gained momentum early with their special teams and defense. After giving up a touchdown on Fairland’s first possession, Morrison senior Josh Hite returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to the Fairland 6. Four plays later, sophomore quarterback Jordan Quinata scored on a 4-yard run to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead.
On Fairland’s next possession, quarterback Jared Johnson fumbled and Morrison’s Walker Alexander recovered at the Owls’ 36. Quinata would end up with his second touchdown — scoring from five yards to give Morrison a 14-7 lead. The Wildcats ended the quarter with the passing game resulting in a score as Quinata connected with senior Justin Bearry for a 64-yard touchdown.
“The first half we were never forced to punt,” Bales said. “We scored every possession — just weren’t really crisp.”
Quinata, who was held in check last week, picked up plenty of yards Friday on the ground and through the air. The sophomore quarterback rushed for 122 yards and scored four touchdowns and passed for 125 yards and threw one touchdown.
“Throwing the ball felt good,” Quinata said. “It felt like I couldn’t miss tonight.”
Bales said Quinata stepped up on offense.