Quinn McQueary named Frontier POW again

Quinn McQueary named Frontier POW again
Montana Tech quarterback Quinn McQueary raises the ball as he scores on a 2-yard run Saturday against the College of Idaho. The score was called back by a penalty, but McQueary hit Zach Bunney for a 12-yard touchdown pass on the next play. (Bill Foley photo)

WHITEFISH — Make it two in a row for Montana Tech quarterback Quinn McQueary.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior from Manhattan was named the Frontier Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced today.

Skylar Roope from Montana Western took home the Defensive Player of the Week award, while Rey Vega of Southern Oregon took home Special Teams Player of the Week.

In then-No. 7 Montana Tech’s 42-21 home win over the College of Idaho, McQueary completed 25 of 35 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 83 yards on 11 carries.

On the season, McQueary has 22 touchdown passes, nine of which came in the last two weeks. He is completing 70 percent of his passes and has thrown just six interceptions.

Sam Rutherford of Montana Western, Major Ali of Carroll College, Jacob Bakken of Rocky Mountain College, Darius-James Peterson of College of Idaho, Josh Richards of Eastern Oregon and Jordan Suell of Southern Oregon were also nominated for the honor.

Roope is a 5-11, 190-pound senior safety from Helena. In then No. 24 Montana Western’s 35-28 conference home win over Carroll College, Roope recorded seven solo tackles, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery and return for touchdown.

His touchdown proved to be the game-winner. It was Western’s first home win over Carroll since 1999.

Eddie Smith of Montana Tech was also nominated along with  Michael Arenas of Eastern Oregon, Alec Basterrechea of Carroll College, Tyson Cooper of Southern Oregon, Nate Moore of College of Idaho and Ryder Rice of Rocky Mountain College.

Vega is a 5-10, 205-pound sophomore running back from Modesto California. In Southern Oregon’s 56-14 home conference win over MSU-Northern, Vega returned a kickoff 93-yards for a touchdown.

Derrick Holt of Montana Tech was also nominated, as were Griff Amies of Rocky Mountain College, Nathan Harden of Eastern Oregon and Dylan Torgerson of Carroll College.

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