Stillwater News Press

November 7, 2013

Morrison's Quinata adjust to quarterback position

By Andrew Glover

MORRISON, Okla. — Morrison running back Jordan Quinata has been known to make big plays. On Nov. 1 against Foyil, Quinata helped lead the rout with four total touchdowns in a 42-20 victory.

“It felt good to jump out on them,” Quinata said. “We were able to keep our rhythm going.”

In the first quarter, the sophomore quarterback returned a punt for a 50-yard touchdown and threw an 8-yard pass to Tristan Garringer. In the second quarter, Quinata threw his second touchdown pass to Beau Viet and rushed for a 31-yard touchdown. Quinata finished the game with 104 yards passing and 75 yards rushing. The sophomore, who was a running back last season, said he had to get used to being behind center.

“It was kind of rough,” Quinata said. “I’m working through it. I didn’t pass the ball much last year and had to practice passing. I had to get used to reading coverages and getting the ball to spots where people were open.”

Quinata’s favorite player — Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson — is very similar to him.

“I like the way he plays quarterback,” Quinata said. “He can throw the ball well and he can run.”

Last season, Quinata and then-quarterback Kyle Collins were the one-two punch for the Wildcats’ offense. This year, Quinata and running back Scotty Van Dorn are leading the offense. The sophomore was very complimentary of his senior backfield mate.

“Scotty is a very hard runner,” Quinata said. “He knows how to find a hole. Both of us like to score. We like having the ball.”

Friday night, Quinata hopes to join the other Morrison quarterbacks before him and lead the Wildcats to a district title for the first time since their state championship in 2008.

“It’s a big deal,” Quinata said. “We are going to go at it like another game. We want to play hard and come out with a win.”

Honorable Mention

Dustin Padilla, Perry football

Padilla helped the Maroons to their first district victory of the season with two touchdown passes and 145 yards. The scores gave Perry a 21-7 halftime lead, which it wouldn’t give up in a 28-14 victory over Pawnee.

Ian Jones, Cushing football

With Stallworth held under wraps, Jones almost led Cushing to a comeback against Seminole. The junior threw for 238 yards with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Marlon Houston Jr., Pawnee football

Houston’s play at quarterback gave the Black Bears a chance against the Maroons. In the first quarter, he threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Whitten and scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Paul Giddeon, Cushing cross country

Giddeon finished 48th at the Class 4A state cross country meet on Nov. 2 in Shawnee with a time of 18:32.81.