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November 13, 2012

Quinata runs Wildcats into second round of state playoffs

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.”

Honorable mentions

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.

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