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June 8, 2013

Quirante named Male Athlete of the Year

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VIDOR —

What Quirante didn’t get to take in this past year was a lot of college hype and recruiting, which is really unthinkable. 

Quirante led the Pirates to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons in his junior and senior years. It was the first time in school history the Pirates made the playoffs in consecutive years. 

He rushed for 1,783 yards as a senior with 33 touchdowns on 193 carries. He then flipped over as a linebacker and had 147 tackles with seven sacks and three interceptions. 

Quirante in the last two years as a quarterback rushed for 2,813 yards and scored 53 touchdowns on 342 carries. The numbers mean Quirante scored 16 percent of the time he carried the ball. It is an unheard of statistic in high school football. 

He had 290 tackles in his last two years of playing at Vidor.

“He is Tim Tebow,” Vidor Coach Jeff Mathews said. “He doesn’t seek the attention but people are drawn to this young man.”

The young man with the wide smile might not have been recruited the way Mathews and others who know Quirante figured he would be but it has not stopped him one bit.

Mathews reported Quirante will walk on and play at McNeese University.

“He is so motivated right now,” Mathews said. “He will be a scary football player. He was already a hard worker but now he is out to prove a lot of people wrong and that is very scary.”

Sitting down with Quirante and speaking with the young man is always a treat for anyone. To interview him and try to pull quotes about himself out of him though can be difficult given the fact he doesn’t seek the limelight like a lot of today’s athletes do. 

“A lot of people wake up and ask themselves how they can better themselves,” Mathews said. “Montana wakes up and asks ‘What can I do to make the others around me be better people today.’ He is never stressed or down because he has faith and he knows there is a plan in place for him. The glass is never half empty.”

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