TOUCHDOWN: Rylan McQuarters scores a rushing touchdown earlier ths season in the Hornets’ win over Sapulpa.
Courtesy KEVIN ADAMS
If the name Rylan McQuarters sounds familiar to you, that’s because it is. Well, sort of.
McQuarters (5-10, 180, junior), a cornerback and running back at Booker T. Washington, is the son of R.W. McQuarters, a standout at the same school back in the 1990s. The elder McQuarters went on to have stellar careers at Oklahoma State and in the NFL. He was also a member of the New York Giants 2007 championship team, who upended the unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Rylan McQuarters was at that game, which was played the University of Phoenix Stadium in February 2008. The Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14, with a touchdown in the last minute.
“I was happy for him,” Rylan McQuarters says in regards to his father being a part of that win. “I was excited.”
With his dad being in the NFL, Rylan McQuarters moved around quite a bit to watch him play.
“It was a blessing,” McQuarters says. “Just going to some of his games on Sundays, just going to different states, going to different away games in different cultures.”
Still, the younger McQuarters was born in Tulsa and attended school locally.
“We stayed in Tulsa,” McQuarters says. “My mom, my brother and I stayed in Tulsa. We stayed in Chicago one year, and that was it. That was the only place we got to stay.”
McQuarters would have been five years old or less at that time; he was born 13 days into the new millennium and his dad played with the Chicago Bears from 2000-04. R.W was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1998. He went to the Bears after two seasons with the ‘Niners.
Followed by a year with Detroit came his final three seasons with the Giants. R.W. McQuarters is best known for making a key interception against the Dallas Cowboys in the 2007 NFC playoffs, ultimately leading to the epic win over the Patriots.
With just another high school season to go, the younger McQuarters is hoping to be recognized by OSU and have a chance to play college football where his father was one of the most versatile players in college football; he played defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner.
Growing up, Rylan McQuarters never had any problems playing up to the expectations of those who knew or were aware of the accomplishments of his father.
“Some people said I could be better than him,” he says. “But I didn’t feel any pressure at all. I just go out and play.”
“We would go work out and he would teach me different techniques and different stances I could use, to help better my game and things to look for. “
Booker T. Washington stands at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in District 6AII-2 at this writing.
One of their losses came to a school from Florida known as IMG Academy. They met Sept. 10 in Shreveport, Lousiana. The Hornets were overmatched in that game as they finished on the short end of a 49-7 rout.
“That was a different experience,” the younger McQuarters says. “Everybody was like over 6-3. They were like an all-star team.”
But the game that has is most pain was a 23-7 home loss to Muskogee in district play on Oct. 7.
“It was a bad loss,” McQuarters says. “We didn’t come out and perform.”
Then the conference race became interesting in the following week. While BTW was off, Muskogee lost to Sand Springs by a point on a freaky 2-point conversion, a play that received national attention from ESPN.
Interestingly, BTW was scheduled to play at Sand Springs on Oct. 20. It closes out the regular season with games at home against Bixby, the two-time 6AII state champion and Bartlesville.
“We’ve been practicing hard (during the bye week) trying to bounce back from the loss we took,” McQuarters says. “Just practice and hard work. We just have to keep working and take each game one at a time and get better and better.”
When asked what he likes most about playing in the secondary, McQuarters says, “It is just fun competing against a receiver on every play.”
As for being a running back, his reply was, “You get the ball into your hands and you try to go score.”