Quincy Bonner was the guy who got the ball, not the one distributing it, when he arrived as Meadowcreek as a freshman.
Undeniably athletic, Bonner was a running back and a wide receiver. His evolution took a sharp turn in ninth grade. The Mustangs needed a quarterback and Bonner has grow into a standout at the position over the last three years.
“I never even knew how to read a defense, what a coverage was,” Bonner said. “Nothing. It showed a lot (early on), but with time and hard work, I've gotten to where I am now.
“Something in me told me this is what I had to do, this is what I can do, this is what I'll be best at in football. Even though I'm good at other positions, I strive more and help more at quarterback. It was hard to accept it (at first), but I found out I was good at it and just kept pushing.”
He enters his senior season as Meadowcreek's offensive catalyst. Bonner has accounted for a total of 2,137 yards and 19 touchdowns in the last two seasons as the Mustangs' renaissance earned them a playoff berth for the first time in three decades in 2017.
“I don't think it's a coincidence that Quincy has been the quarterback for 21 games for Meadowcreek and our record over that time is 13-7,' head coach Jason Carrera said. “He's been a large part of the success we've had as a football team. A lot of that comes from his leadership. A lot of that comes from his unselfishness. A lot of that comes from his ability to rally those around him and have great focus and great effort.
“Without Quincy, I don't think we would have the success we've had. It's great to know he's that extra coach on the field. His football knowledge is great.”
Bonner was at one of the mega camps this summer, with more than 1,200 other players, and stood out in the crowd.
“I had a couple of coaches come up to me and say like they felt Quincy was the most athletic kid at the camp,” Carrera said. “That's everybody. That gives you an idea. Some coaches actually asked him to run some route just to see his athleticism.”
Bonner, who is originally from New York, has committed to play football at Army. The rigors of West Point are well documented, but Bonner isn't afraid of hard work.
“The facilities, the coaches, the atmosphere — you just want to be a part of the brotherhood,” Bonner said. “I loved it.”
Bonner was at a camp at Kennesaw State when Army first approached him about a potential offer.
“I was shocked that a school like that would even consider offering me a D-I scholarship to a place like that,” he said. “When he finally offered me, I was blessed. It was an honor.”
His decision impressed Carrera.
“It kind of tells you a little bit about the character of him and the character of his mother for them to realize the opportunity he has at a place like that,” Carrera said. “To make that choice, I look for huge things from him, not just this year but throughout his life.”
Bonner was deliberate in his efforts to make a college commitment before his senior season started so he could be dialed in as Meadowcreek tried to take the next step in its evolution.
“Quincy is the perfect example of what I believe a quarterback should be,” Carrera said. “He should be a yes sir/no sir guy. A guy who can take criticism, but also make adjustments and improve himself.
“He works very hard at his craft, understanding his legs are as deadly as his arm is. He understands his speed is as good an asset as his arm is. So he's worked hard at that.”