This wasn’t a practice drill. This wasn’t a coach throwing the ball on the ground, with Leon McQuaker tasked with executing the scoop-and-run.
At Hephzibah this past Friday, McQuaker recovered three fumbles, with one recovery not ending until he scored a 62-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The Eagles forced six fumbles and came up with four in a 21-18 win.
McQuaker, who said it was his first high school touchdown, is The Augusta Chronicle’s Player of the Week.
“I see just about everything, so when I see the ball I just attack,” McQuaker said. “I’m glad I made that one in the second half. As a linebacker, I read lineman, but I got to look into the backfield to find the ball – I’m good at finding the ball. I felt like an offensive player.”
McQuaker and the rest of the defense ensured a season-opening win despite the Eagles only putting up 127 offensive yards. But two touchdown passes and McQuaker’s score meant Josey started 1-0 for the second time in three seasons. Glenn Hills now blocks the path to a 2-0 record.
“They ran that tight formation, so we just started sending him towards the fullback and he made some big plays,” Josey coach John Noah said about McQuaker. “He was able to come up and pull me out of the fire.”