Best QB in the state? No contest.
By Matt Patterson
I jumped on the Mark Ginther bandwagon after watching him play in a 3OT loss to Tulsa Washington last season. I liked his football smarts and poise.
The Jenks quarterback is a bit of a string bean, and doesn’t look at all menacing, but there is no better high school quarterback in this state than the 6-foot-2, 175 pound Ginther.
The senior completed a staggering 17 of 18 passes in a 48-7 blowout of top 10 Owasso. He had TD passes of 35 and 45 yards. Afterwards, Jenks coach Allan Trimble mentioned that most of Ginther’s completions came on his second or third read.
And therein lies the secret to his game. What makes him so good isn’t his arm, but what’s between his ears. Trimble has raved about his quarterback’s inteligence on and off the field in the past. It shows up during games. He doesn’t make noticable mistakes and appears incapable of being rattled. Most high school quarterbacks, even the best, often struggle with reading defenses. But for a player completing over 75 percent of his passes this year, it isn’t a problem.
Over the years I’ve covered some great high school quarterbacks like Paul Smith when he was at Deer Creek, Zac Taylor at Norman, Aso Pogi during a 10-0 season in 1998 and Sam Bradford during his hey days at Putnam North. Ginther is as good (or better) than any of them were in high school.
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