2015 Football: Caison’s experience key for Wildcats

Warren County's Quay Caison will be a leader on the offensive line for the Wildcats this season. Rich Cooley/Daily

Warren County's Quay Caison will be a leader on the offensive line for the Wildcats this season. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL — Quay Caison can still remember what it was like making his first varsity start at Warren County in his sophomore year and walking onto the field for that first play.

“It was breathtaking,” Caison said. “I walked out with that helmet and heard all those people cheering for me for the first time — looking up in the stands and seeing it packed in there. It’s like “Friday Night Lights” – you can’t get enough of it. It’s amazing. I loved it.”

Caison, now a senior, has made plenty of starts since then on the offensive line, and that could come in handy this year.

The Wildcats lost several starters from the offensive line, and Casion’s leadership should be valuable to the team.

“It’s key,” Warren County head coach Steve Crist said of Caison’s experience. “Just to let them know what to expect, and just to have a guy that’s stayed with it. A guy that you know has been through the battles and is tested, and is going to be ready to play week in and week out.”

The 6-foot-2 340-pound Caison said he started playing football as an eighth grader for Warren County’s junior varsity team. He said his main goal was to make the varsity team the next year, which he accomplished.

He said he learned a lot his freshman year, just watching the older guys played ahead of him on the depth chart.

“It was an unreal feeling, being up there with all the big dudes and you’re just that one little guy there,” Caison said. “Being up there and to see what it’s like to actually hit at the varsity level, getting hit at the varsity level — it’s a big change from JV. It was a good experience too, because I learned a lot from it and I’m thankful I did.”

As a sophomore he was a starter on the offensive line and began to play some on the defensive line as well.

Last year Caison made second-team All-Bull Run District and second team All-Conference 28 at offensive line, and he said that was quite an honor for him.

Casion said he enjoys watching one of his running backs score a touchdown after he makes a block. He said he loves going up against other big, strong guys on the defensive line and still opening that key hole for the running back to run through.

“I love being able to hit, being able to go toe to toe with someone,” Caison said. “But also to know that it’s a team effort too. If you mess up on your man then it can be your fault, but I love the fact that when that happens you can also fix it by going 10 times harder on the next play.”

Caison said he loves watching football on television and he tries to learn from the pros by watching them. He said playing at the collegiate level is a big goal for him.

“I’m going to have my eyes on a bunch of [colleges] and hopefully they’ll have their eyes on me too,” Caison said. “It’s the main goal. I’ve always dreamed since I was a kid about playing college ball and with God’s help beyond that.”

Caison also throws the discus and shot put in track and field. He finished sixth last year in the Group 3A state meet in the shot put, and said the two sports help each other out.

The Wildcats started off slow last season and lost their first five games of the season, but responded with four wins late in the year and advanced to the playoffs.

Caison said that he believes the team will do better this year.

“I feel like we can accomplish a lot. I feel like our record can change a lot from what it was last year,” Caison said. “We’ve had some bumps along the way, but we’re getting them smoothed out now since its getting ready to be game time. We’re buckling down, getting stuff done. I think we will be doing really well this year, and hopefully we’ll surprise a lot of people this year.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

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