Quinton Thomas returns for Gladewater Bears

Friday night was homecoming for the Gladewater Bears, in the stands and on the field. Returning for the first time this season, Quinton Thomas.

"It was an adrenaline rush," Thomas said. "It was exciting, it really felt good to be back out there."

Thomas was cleared to play for the first time since two-a-days, when he suffered a heat stroke and was airlifted to a Dallas hospital. It's been tough for QT standing by while his teammates played.

"It was hard for me, because I wanted to be out there with them, playing football."

"Quinton put a lot of time into his offseason workouts," coach Scott Calloway said, "and for something like that to happen, we're just happy that his health is okay and he's here with us. The kids missed having him around, we're glad to have him back, but he's always been a part of this team."

So how was his first night? Quinton admits he's still got a ways to get back to full speed, but just like his return, he'll get there.

"It was a little bit tougher," he admits. "I got kind of tired on some of the plays, but I can still go. I'm just glad to be playing, and happy."

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.