Corey Quick is heating up and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Marian football team.
The Colts signal caller looks to be dialed in and that's a good thing with only two games left in the regular season. A perfect time to have the leader of your offense priming for a late season run at the Anthracite League title.
Quick's performance last week against AFL foe Shenandoah Valley, which was a very important match-up in the District 11 single A playoff race has earned him TIMES NEWS Player of the Week.
Quick led a late Marian charge after play was resumed in third quarter. The Colts were facing a 17-7 disadvantage, but two long pass plays, one to John Julian for 52 yards and another to Eric Swankoski for 72 yards was enough to top the devis 21-17. Quick finished with 215 yards on the day with two scores and also tacked on another touchdown on the ground to earn himself the TN award.
"We adjusted really well after the lightning delay and our defense did a great job shutting them down from that point in the third quarter," said Quick. "Our defensive intensity I think was able to then motivate our offense to get going a little bit and we just clicked from then on. We made some big plays with those two long passes and then the defense kept them from being able to get anything going."
In the first three or four games of the season Quick was primarily used as an offensive weapon. The Colts coaching staff then made the decision to move him to the defensive side of the field in the defensive backfield. The switch to defense in both Coach Stan Dakosty and Quick's opinion has helped him on the offensive side.
"My switch to defense I think has helped me out a lot," said Quick. "Even when I threw that pick on offense on Friday night we made a nice defensive stand and then it cleared my mind and I was able to go out there and make those big plays. I think it keeps my mind more fresh on the offensive side of things now."
Marian head coach Stan Dakosty has noticed a definite development in Quick over the past eight weeks. Dakosty is also in accordance with his QB that his play on the defensive end is fueling his solid play at quarterback.
"He's really matured this season, he's a good leader out there for us, and he's making good decisions," said Dakosty. "Believe it or not the one thing that I really think has helped Corey is playing defense. He's a guy now who isn't on the sidelines overthinking things and what not. Now he's out there playing defense and he's in the flow of the game. As good as he's been on offense he's been just as good on defense for us as well, he's really been a complete football player for us. He's just another part of this great senior class. They really lead this team and when Corey has been called upon to make a play he's certainly answered the bell."
Confidence can always be a shaky issue with quarterbacks. One wrong or negative thought can really throw a quarterback off his game. Luckily, for Quick that all seems to be in the past and he's been proving that by throwing some lazers over the last few weeks. The senior is hitting his stride at the right time with only two weeks until district play and a little over a week left until a possible match-up with Tamaqua for a shot at the AFL title.
"I've really worked hard this year on throwing the football and with way we're playing right now I feel like it's all coming together for me," said Quick. "We also have a great work ethic here as a team and we go out to practice everyday focused and ready to learn whatever we can. All that together has been giving me more confidence and I'm ready to see where it all takes us."