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High school football: Jonah Llanusa gives Choctaw hope of long-awaited playoff berth

Last season, in the first year of coach Todd Dilbeck’s new offense, Llanusa threw for more than 2,100 yards and rushed for over 600. This year, even more is possible from the underrated dual-threat quarterback.
by Scott Wright Published: August 14, 2014
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CHOCTAW — Choctaw quarterback Jonah Llanusa has vivid memories of his first trips to Yellowjacket football games as an elementary school student.

“We went under the bleachers and played with our friends,” the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior said. “But now, we’re getting to the point that people actually come to the game to watch the game.”

Choctaw’s rebirth is still in the early stages, but there’s promise for the season ahead — and Llanusa is a big reason why.

Last season, in the first year of coach Todd Dilbeck’s new offense, Llanusa threw for more than 2,100 yards and rushed for over 600. This year, even more is possible from the underrated dual-threat quarterback.

“He’s had a great summer,” Dilbeck said of his quarterback. “A year ago, you could tell that he wasn’t quite seeing all the coverages and all the reads. But he has really improved his grasp of the progressions of the passing game.

“He’s the hardest working kid I’ve had in 31 years of coaching. Nobody is gonna out-work him. His maturity level has really grown as a player and as a leader.”

Llanusa already has a scholarship offer from Navy, where the coaches believe his athleticism and decision making are a perfect fit for their option offense. But Llanusa is getting some looks from colleges more focused on throwing than what the Midshipmen are.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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