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High school football: Cary-Grove's Quinn Priester is Northwest Herald Player of the Week

Quinn Priester
Quinn Priester

Cary-Grove’s Quinn Priester caught three touchdown passes on offense and had two interceptions on defense in the Trojans’ 49-14 win over Jacobs in Week 7. C-G remains unbeaten at 7-0.

For his performance, readers voted Priester the Northwest Herald Football Player of the Week.

Editor's note: Shaw Media will host its 2019 Most Valuable Athlete Awards Night on June 12 at Northern Illinois University's Convocation Center. All Athletes of the Week are invited to sign up here.

What’s your favorite thing about playing receiver?

Priester: It gets pretty fun when [QB Ben McDonald] makes great throws and we’re scoring. It’s pretty uncharacteristic of Cary-Grove offenses. It think that’s the most fun.

What’s it like to be a part of that offensive revolution at C-G?

Priester: It’s a lot of fun. It’s totally different than anything people are used to. It’s kind of opening some eyes. It’s a lot of fun to turn some heads, where it’s not just running the ball 60, 70 times a game.

Who are some receivers you admire?

Priester: Now that the Bears are getting better, I really like watching Allen Robinson a lot. Someone I’ve learned a lot from this year is one of our new coaches, coach Steve Hull. He played receiver and safety at Illinois [and briefly with the New Orleans Saints in 2014]. He’s been helping me a lot, teaching me more than I ever knew about receiving this year. I owe credit to him for teaching me the nuances of being more of a receiver, other than just a tight end and blocking back.

What’s your favorite thing about being a high school football player?

Priester: I love being a high school football player because of the atmosphere you get on Friday nights. It’s crazy running out onto the field and seeing how many people are involved in the program, whether it be a big game or a Saturday game at homecoming. It’s awesome to see how many people are there to support us every week.

What’s your least favorite thing about being a high school football player?

Priester: It’s such a short season. I wish you played more games. You only get nine guaranteed, with a goal of 14. Whereas a baseball season or a basketball season, you’re playing 30 games.

What’s your favorite meal?

Priester: Sushi from Kyoto.

Do you have a favorite movie?

Priester: “Avengers: Infinity War.”

If you were trapped on a deserted island, and you can have one of your teammates to help you escape, who’s it going to be?

Priester: I’ve probably got to go with Ben McDonald. Ben’s a really good problem solver. Ben’s really smart. We get along pretty well. He’s a guy I could trust there and he’d be a guy who would think of every possibility to get us out of that situation.

You pitched at Wrigley Field over the summer in the Under Armour All-American Game, what was the coolest part of that experience?

Priester: Seeing how many people came out and hearing the cheers, especially after I got out of that inning, because it kind of got sticky really quick. Throwing a strike is a pretty common thing, but hearing people cheer after I throw a fastball for a strike is something I’m not normally accustomed to.

There were hundreds of friends and family that came out to support me for one of the most surreal moments of my life. It just added to it. It was one of the best nights of my life.

You’ve pitched in a couple big league ballparks, right?

Priester: Yes. I’ve pitched at Tropicana Field down in Tampa, Wrigley obviously, and Petco Park in San Diego.

What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?

Priester: Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My family went on a vacation there in probably 2010 or 2011. We went whitewater rafting, we went fishing, we went on a hot air balloon. There was so much to do up there in the mountains.

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