Following Bloomfield’s football season, the Quinten Moles name has been in media outlets throughout the state. The name belongs to a humble Bloomfield High School senior who has been making a name for himself amidst the football community. Moles played an integral part in the success of the Bloomfield program.
Growing up in Yankton, SD until the age of 9, Moles moved to Bloomfield in 2007 where he was enrolled in school. It wasn’t until third grade that football become organized for Moles. With Bloomfield’s Pee Wee football team, Moles was influenced at an early age with game structure. He began learning the rights and wrongs, team camaraderie and what football was all about.
Moles moved on to junior high football in 2012 where his football knowledge and talent grew. According to Coach Matt Kuchar, his speed has always been who he is but having the vision of a running back took some time to develop. Showcasing his speed, the team would just toss him the ball and he could completely outrun everybody.
It wasn’t until his sophomore year that his abilities truly came to light. Kuchar spoke highly of Moles in all aspects. “I knew he was going to be good,” Kuchar remembered. “At the Nebraska City Lourdes game, he took some snaps and he was quick. He was getting carries as a sophomore.”
His ethics are solid according to Kuchar, “I think work ethic is a huge thing for him, he is not afraid to work.”
Wrestling has dramatically improved his football game through strength and determination. Being a wrestler requires motivation to focus on weight training and the discipline to be successful. Moles put himself through whatever it took to make himself the best he possibly could.
“Some kids say that they want it, Quinten is the kid that will go work his tail off to do whatever it takes to be the best,” Kuchar said.
As a coach, Kuchar said football teams need some kids who are wrestlers. “They work really hard and have that ‘I don’t quit mentality.’ He (Moles) has got that.”
This has given Moles the ability to drive himself through a defense, even when they are larger. Additionally, his wrestling abilities have made him a successful tackler.
Moles himself, credits wrestling as major factor of his success.
“It kinda carries over into football because it takes the mental toughness,” says Moles. In wrestling, success is determined between one wrestler and their opponent. The drive to win must come from within to flourish. This mentality pushed Moles in all aspects of sports.
“I definitely prefer football over the wrestling, but I love them both,” Moles said. He prefers this because he has teammates to support him when struggling and to push them when they need a hand. On the contrary, failure in wrestling falls on one’s shoulders, this is what makes you better.
Moles’ mother says that he has loved football since he was a young boy and she said is his biggest fan. She said, “He has always been a Minnesota Vikings fan.” In fact, the reason he chose #28 as his jersey was because he looks up to Adrian Peterson as an athlete.
Reflecting back on the 2017 football season, Moles says, “We came together as a team. We really proved a lot of people wrong. I wish we could have won that last game, but I guess that’s how it goes. We are better men for it now.”
Moles credits his success as a running back to his offensive line. “They really deserve it, they don’t get hype or enough credit”, he pleads.