EAGLE POINT, Ore. – The Eagle Point football team finished 5-5 this season. The Eagles failed to reach the state tournament. The basketball team, however, is destined for greater things. After defeating Ashland on Friday night, the Eagles are 20-3. Jorge Quintero’s been on the football field and basketball court for three full seasons. His performance is crucial to Eagle Point’s postseason success.
On the football field, Quintero leads the Eagles offense. On the basketball court, it’s much the same.
“He’s shown how well he can do and so I trust him,” teammate Austin Holmes said.
Teammates like Holmes are well aware of Quintero’s abilities in both sports.
“They’ve seen me on the field, what I can do,” Quintero said, “and then they expect me to transfer it on the court. I try not to let them down.”
Quintero was named the starting quarterback his sophomore year, the same year he started varsity basketball. He’s one of a handful of local quarterbacks that also play basketball. Josh Overstreet led the Henley Hornets to the 4A quarterfinals in the Fall. Now he’s hoping to have an even better finish with the Hornets basketball team, a team that consists of several of Overstreet’s teammates from football.
“It all kind of carries over,” Overstreet said. “Playing so many games with so many players, we know who the leaders are. Over the last four years, I’ve definitely taken that on, being the leader.”
Then there’s Cascade Christian’s Seth Knox. Knox led the Challengers to the state title, and afterward was named Oregon’s 3A offensive player of the year.
“When they kept getting more and more success and they changed the offense and he started throwing it and he was becoming a great team leader, I would go to the games and watch him,” Challengers head basketball coach Brian Morse said. “I’m like, ‘This can do nothing but good things for our basketball team.'”
And it has. Coach Morse calls Knox the team’s most improved player. That’s one of the major parallels between all of the Southern Oregon quarterback/hoopsters: confidence.
“You’ve got to keep the team together even though things are going bad,” Quintero said.
“I’ve been trying to do that on this basketball team,” Knox said. “Just to support and to encourage I think’s the big thing for me to do.”
“In the game, I’m kind of the one who pulls us together and talks,” Overstreet said. “It’s kind of funny how we each have our own roles.”
And the role of the quarterback is almost always leadership, something Quintero, Overstreet and Knox all bring to their basketball teams.
“He stepped up big time in football,” Knox’s teammate David Sellers said. “He’s more of a silent leader. He’ll go out and get his work done and when the time comes, he’s the first one to step up and yell at us and get us into shape.”
Besides confidence and leadership, a quarterback must be able to pass, and on the basketball court these signal callers take pride in their ability to facilitate.
“Three of our receivers are basketball players so there’s those little passes,” Overstreet said. “Even they’re surprised, like, ‘How did it even get there?'”
“They make us push it and throw it in front of them,” Quintero said. “That’s what you do as a quarterback. You have to throw it in front of them and make them keep running.”
“I feel that’s one of my strengths is to get assists and pass it in to the big guys,” Knox said.
“Just like he likes throwing touchdown passes, he likes dishing assists to me under the basket,” Sellers said.
And these three multi-sport athletes can all agree on one thing regarding the quarterback position.
“You’ve got to have a lot more intelligence,” Quintero said.