Quinn making an impact for Niskayuna football

Senior among Section II's leading receivers
Niskayuna senior receiver Richie Quinn is putting together a big season.
Niskayuna senior receiver Richie Quinn is putting together a big season.

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NISKAYUNA — Catching the football is one part of Richie Quinn’s game.

What he does after the catch is what makes the Niskayuna senior wide receiver special.

He’s an exciting player to watch, and through four weeks of football he’s also been a quite productive one in the Silver Warriors’ quick-hit passing attack.

“He’s a good athlete with good hands,” Niskayuna coach Brian Grastorf said. “He runs good routes and I am impressed with his speed. He ran away from some guys in the Schenectady game.”

Quinn broke a bunch of tackles that season-opening night, and turned three of his six receptions into touchdowns while amassing 198 yards in a 35-0 win. Though Niskayuna has yet to win since, Quinn has continued to deliver.

“He’s tough,” said Niskayuna JV head coach and varsity assistant John Furey, the Silver Warriors’ former varsity head coach. “He catches the short pass and fights through. He’s got a lot of what it takes.”

The majority of Quinn’s receptions have come on short and medium-range passes from quarterback Dan Brownell. For the season, he has 28 receptions, 406 yards and six touchdowns.

“Mostly slants and ins,” Quinn said. “Before a play I will look to see where the defensive backs are, and by the time I get the ball, I’ll have an idea of what I want to do.

“It’s fun, knowing all of those eyes are on you,” the 6-foot-2, 185-pound standout added. “It’s challenging. I have the adrenaline pumping when I get the ball.”

Quinn’s individual goal for the season was to do everything a little better than he did a year ago, when he made the Class AA all-league second team.

“I worked on speed mostly, and agility,” said the 17-year-old Quinn, who is looking at several colleges, including Ithaca and St. John Fischer. “I was constantly doing sprints and weight room training. All the work I put in [during] the offseason, I wanted to show it in that Schenectady game. I was so hyped up.”

Quinn had a season-high nine receptions against Guilderland last week, matching the nine he had last year in a non-league game with Section VII’s Ticonderoga.

“He had a great season last year, too,” Grastorf said. “His numbers were up there, almost 800 yards.”

Grastorf said Quinn’s production has brought on increased attention from opposing defenses, and created more space for fellow wideout Nick Fraterrigo, slot receiver Aaron Whitley and tight end Jeff Halusic to operate.

“You’ve got to pay attention to him [Quinn],” Grastorf said. “That’s helped the other guys.”

State rankings

Eleven Section II football teams are ranked this week by the New York Sportswriters Association including Class C No. 1 Cambridge/Salem (4-0) and Class A No. 4 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (4-0).

The others are Shaker (No. 10, 4-0) and Shenendehowa (No. 30, 3-1) in Class AA, Queensbury (No. 13, 4-0) and Averill Park (No. 21, 4-0) in Class A, Glens Falls (No. 7, 3-1) and Schalmont (No. 8, 4-0) in Class B, and Holy Trinity (No. 6, 3-1), Stillwater (No. 12, 4-0) and Chatham (No. 15, 4-0) in Class C.

JG3 watch

Glens Falls quarterback Joseph Girard III is averaging five touchdown per game between his passing and rushing through four weeks of play. The senior football and basketball star threw for five touchdowns and 415 yards in Saturday’s 48-34 cross-classification loss to Queensbury. On the season he has 14 touchdown passes and six scoring runs.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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