Caden Quintanilla can run around you, or right through you. However he wants to get into the end zone, he is going to do it. The senior running back has 40 career rushing touchdowns at this point in his career, but it is tough to get number 25 to take any of the credit for what he has done.
"It's really like a whole team deal," Quintanilla said. "I just do what I can."
Quintanilla has been a member of the Patriots football team since he was a freshman, but Caden says it was his uncle that got him hooked on the pigskin long before he put on the red and white.
"He introduced me to football, he would hold the ball, and I would go kick. Play punt, pass, kick, and play all those games," Quintanilla reminisced. "It's awesome I get to play for him, and it's my last year to play for him, so try and go out with a bang."
Talk about coming full circle. The guy Caden is playing for now at Lincoln, is the same uncle Caden played for the in the backyard years ago.
"I have known him his whole life, and see him grow from a boy to a young man, not only athletic part of it, but as a person." Lincoln Head Football Coach, and Quintanilla's uncle, Aaron Beavers said. "Yeah, it makes it special."
Coach Beavers has also seen his nephew grow into one heck of a football player as Quintanilla is closing in on three-thousand career rushing yards. But, its not numbers in the record books that makes Beavers gloat about his star running back.
"Good football player, but a better young man. That is what we are most proud of."
With the time ticking away on Quintanilla's high school career, and the opportunity to play for his uncle dwindling by the day; both feel this might be the year they can finally hoist some hardware at seasons end.
"This is really special," Quintanilla said. "It is my senior year, everything is on the line, and it's going to be a special year I think."
It is indeed shaping up to be a special year, for a special player, who has created a special bond with an uncle and head coach.