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Southern Nash's Cooley picks college

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Southern Nash's Quinton Cooley, center, attempts to break away from Eastern Alamance tacklers during their playoff game this past season. Cooley, who ran for 413 yards in the loss, announced on Thursday that he committed to play football for Wake Forest starting in 2020.

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By PATRICK MASON
Sports Writer

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The other half of the Southern Nash football team’s potent rushing attack has picked his college.

Quinton Cooley committed on Thursday to play football for Wake Forest beginning the 2020 season, the Firebirds junior announced on twitter.

Cooley will join former teammate Zonovan Knight in the ACC. Knight, who is currently enrolled at N.C. State and will compete as a running back for the Wolfpack, combined to rush for 3,810 yards and 56 touchdowns on the ground last season.

Cooley had 30 of those touchdowns, and also displayed ability as a receiver. He was the Firebirds’ top pass-catcher with seven receptions, and finished with team highs in receiving yards (115) and receiving touchdowns (3).

As a passer, he completed both of his pass attempts for 91 yards, and one of the completions went for a touchdown.

Yet Cooley’s most impressive outing came in the second round of the 3-A playoffs. Knight left early in the first quarter with an injury, which allowed Cooley to take over and turn in a heroic performance.

The Telegram’s football player of the year set a single-game school record with 413 rushing yards and added four touchdowns in that stunning 57-56 loss to Eastern Alamance.

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