McALESTER — Nick Porter’s football career almost ended in the eighth grade. Playing quarterback very early that season, Porter said a “blindside” hit resulted in him suffering three broken fingers, a broken wrist and a fractured growth plate in his throwing hand.
“I can’t remember, it happened so quickly,” Porter said of the play Friday.
"Last year, towards the middle of the season, I saw McAlester was up big on one the opponents and said, ‘I really want to get back in it and see where I can go.’”
Now a senior, Porter had spent the last few years rehabbing from that injury, making 2013 both his first and last year playing for McAlester High School. Porter has been tabbed the second-string quarterback this year, and he played the first half of Monday’s junior varsity game at Ada, which the Buffs won 16-12.
“I want him to have fun playing, because he’s been there, and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Buffs JV coach Austin Maddux said. “He came all summer, but to me, I think he can take away things from football that he can use the rest of his life, like learning how to work hard. He’s going to get what he puts into it.”
Though Porter spent the first 11 years of his life in Springdale, Ark., starting flag football in the fifth grade, he said his real introduction came when he moved to Jenks before starting the sixth grade. In Jenks, a Tulsa suburb with 13 state football championships, Porter learned how to be a quarterback, which would be the only position he’d ever play.
“Everyone kind of looks up to you when you’re on the field,” Porter said of playing QB. “They look to you for direction.
“Sportsmanship is probably the biggest thing I learned when I was young. Growing up in Jenks, you’re only really able to play one side of the ball.