Harker varsity quarterback Spenser Quash, grade 11, led the football team to their first conference win of the season over the Cupertino Pioneers at Homecoming, earning the High School Player of the Week award from the San Francisco 49ers. In the 35-28 victory, Quash completed 12 of 15 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for three more touchdowns to account for all 35 of the Eagle’s points in the game.
“Spenser Quash is a ball player, plus he has a heart of gold,” said Harker head coach Karriem Stinson. “He can read defenses better than anybody I have ever coached.”
Ron Forbes, Harker’s strength and conditioning coordinator, who worked with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, started working with Quash on his foot work, arm strength and decision-making after his sophomore season.
As with every win, the team effort was key. Linemen David Fang, Jason Kuan and Saagar Sarin, all grade 12, opened the holes for junior Ryan Mui’s 115-yard run, and allowed time for Quash to throw both touchdown passes to wide receiver Robert Deng, grade 11.
“Even when we were losing, we kept preparing to win and kept giving our best efforts. We were still having fun, but ending with a win sure felt good,” said Quash. “It was a win that most of us will never forget.”
The honors accompanying the award include a $500 grant to Harker for the football program. Quash will receive a 49ers hat and T-shirt, two tickets to a 49ers home game and recognition on 49ers.com. At the end of the season, Quash will be invited to the 49ers training facility in Santa Clara to accept a certificate recognizing his achievements, signed by 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Heartiest congratulations to Quash and to all the Eagles for a great game!