Qumain Black was at NEO juggling books and football when the first call came. Make that a text message, the medium of the day. It was from his former head coach, Ada High’s Matt Weber. He had been picked up for the All-State East football squad.
Ada High’s versatile quarterback/defensive back over the last two seasons has been working at wide receiver over the summer, but expects to play DB July 30 at 8 p.m. when the All-State game is played at Hunter-Dwelley Stadium on the campus of Jenks High School.
“I was so very, very happy being selected. It means a lot to me,” he said, adding that having his picture on the All-State Hall of Fame inside the Craig McBroom Football Complex was something he has always looked forward to. “Playing in Ada, it was the best feeling in the world. I would not trade it for anything. The way everyone played together, the whole town being behind you. Ada had it all.”
Another aspect of All-State was the legacy of his family, his father and two brothers, all who starred at Davis High, as did Weber and much of the current Cougar coaching staff.
It was heightened by joining his dad and oldest brother LaQuentin as All-Staters. That was not lost on Weber as he sent the text.
“I was aware of him growing up, that with the Black family and all. The dad, Bryant, was All-State at Davis and All-American at ECU. LaQuentin was All-State at Davis and the middle one, Quincey starred at Davis and just missed out on All-State,” Weber said. LaQuentin is now playing at Tulsa University while Quincey is a student at ECU.
Weber does not think for a minute Qumain’s career will end at NEO.
“He will be playing in front of 80,000 someday if he just puts his mind to it. He is a D-1 player. Arizona wanted him, others did, too, and will too,” Weber said. Black fell just short of NCAA academic requirements.
Needless to say, Weber was happy to find Qumain onboard at Ada High when he became head coach two seasons ago. Many consider the youngest Black as instrumental in the smooth transition for the Webers, Matt and father Joe, a coaching legend in his own right at Davis.
Black combined rushing and passing yardage over two years for over 3,700 yards, fifth on the all-time career total offense records for Ada High. He and his classmates also brought AHS back to the playoffs after a year absence with 5-6 and 7-4 seasons.
Black has not exactly wiled the summer away at NEO. One might expect two or three workouts per day at tradition-rich NEO, but there is only one, though it seems like all day at times.
“There is only one workout, but it is a long one, and very tough, way tougher than anything we ever did at Ada,” Black said.
One Ada-based question in NEO’s history did not go lacking. Has he seen pictures or heard stories of a previous Ada High-NEO player.
He has heard stories, but has seen a picture of Jeremy Shockey, an Ada Cougar great and now a tight end for the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Shockey spent a season at NEO, 1999, after graduating Ada High. The following year he moved on to D-1 University of Miami (FL).
“They are building a new building, a Hall of Fame of sorts, I have heard his photo and stuff will be there with all the other greats who have played here,” Black said.