Stillwater News Press

February 9, 2014

Quinata leads Wildcats' offensive attack

By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press

MORRISON, Okla. — Jordan Quinata already had a big role in the Morrison offense. In his sophomore year, that role increased as he became the starting quarterback. Last season, Quinata didn’t disappoint as he guided Morrison to the state quarterfinals and earned the News Press Offensive MVP award.

“It was a new experience,” Quinata said. “It was fun getting used to it.”

Quinata was tough to bring down as he rushed for 1,119 yards and scored 26 rushing touchdowns. In throwing the football, the sophomore completed 56 percent of his passes for 990 yards and nine touchdowns. On special teams, Quinata returned a kickoff and two punts for touchdowns. The first-year quarterback said he had to learn how to throw.

“I just had to practice a lot,” Quinata said. “In practice, (coach Cory Bales) will have us throw a lot. We keep practicing throwing. We don’t throw much in games but when we do we need to.”

The second round of the playoffs against Elmore City-Pernell was a fine example. Quinata delivered with 89 yards passing which set up Morrison’s scores. The sophomore said he had to get use to the pressure that comes with being behind center.

“I felt a lot of pressure,” Quinata said. “You have to control the offense. I felt a lot of pressure but it eased as I got used to it.”

Adjusting to the pressure was something Quinata did beautifully as he led the Wildcats to their first district title since 2007 and two playoff victories — which marked Morrison’s farthest advancement in the playoffs since its run to the semifinals in 2010.

“It was fun and exciting leading the team,” Quinata said. “I just want to do it again.”

Bales said Quinata did well this year and looks forward to his progess in future seasons.

“He’s going to keep getting better and better,” Bales said. “There are a lot of things he can work on technique-wise.”