Stocks’ selection gives Woodland hope
by Andrew Adler
Jan 04, 2013 | 1085 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a season of futility on the football field, the Woodland Wildcats finally have something to celebrate off the field.

Qua Stocks, the Wildcats’ multi-purpose offensive threat, has been named to Region 5-AAAAA’s first team offense.

Stocks, who saw action at wide receiver, tailback and quarterback, is the only player from Woodland who was either a first team or second team offensive or defensive selection. The Wildcats also had five players who were honorable mention selections on either offense and defense.

Coach Vince DiLorenzo felt that Stock’s first-team selection was based on a combination of statistics and several intangibles that made opposing coaches take notice of his game potential.

The junior Wildcat rushed for 542 yards and three touchdowns on 71 carries. He also caught 48 passes for 746 yards and three touchdowns.

“No matter who we played, I was often informed afterwards that part of the coach’s game plan was to stop No. 3,” said DiLorenzo, Woodland’s second-year varsity football coach. “That’s quite an honor in itself. To know that coaches remembered who Qua was and the importance they placed on stopping him.”

On a 2012 team dominated by 23 seniors, DiLorenzo turned to the junior when starting quarterback R. J. Williams went down with an ankle injury late in the season. In Woodland’s season finale against Rome, Stocks was part of a pistol formation that enabled the offense to amass 34 points.

“Qua was a leader for us this past season as a junior, and he can be a leader for us next season as a senior,” DiLorenzo said. “That’s how a good a football player he is.”

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