by Ed Godfrey Modified: December 19, 2012 at 11:19 am •  Published: December 18, 2012
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Kalsu later would become a star lineman for the Oklahoma Sooners. He started nine games as a rookie for the Buffalo Bills in 1968.

On July 21, 1970, Lieutenant James Robert Kalsu was killed in the Vietnam conflict.

PURCELL BACK WAS A “WISHBONE WIZARD”

Headlining The Oklahoman's All-State team in 1972 was the newspaper's choice for Back of the Year, Joe McReynolds of Purcell.

McReynolds was a “wishbone wizard who quarterbacked Purcell to the Class A state title,” The Oklahoman reported.

McReynolds, who also quarterbacked at the University of Oklahoma, rushed for 1,160 yards that season and passed for 1,154 yards.

The biggest man on the 1972 All-State team was Chez Evans from Seminole. The future OU lineman and All-American was 6-3, 275 pounds.

CLINTON QUARTERBACK HIGHLIGHTS 1982 SQUAD

In 1982, quarterback Glynn Walker became the third player from Clinton to be named The Oklahoman's “Back of the Year.”

Clinton running backs Roy Bell and James Williams won the award in 1967 and 1968.

Walker passed for 1,711 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Red Tornadoes in 1982. He also rushed for 688 yards and seven touchdowns.

Playing free safety, Walker also intercepted nine passes and made 61 tackles.

1992 ALL-STATERS HAD BIG OFFENSIVE NUMBERS

James Allen of Wynnewood had a monster season in 1992. The future University of Oklahoma running back rushed for 2,308 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Allen was named the Offensive Player of the Year by The Oklahoman.

The Defensive Player of the Year would be a future teammate of Allen's at OU: linebacker Tyrell Peters of Norman.

Peters was one of three first team All-State selections from Norman that year. Defensive tackle Dusty Loveless and punter Brian Self also were named first team All-Staters by The Oklahoman.

Also on the All-State squad for a second straight season was wide receiver Mandrell Dean of Millwood, who scored 85 touchdowns in his prep career and averaged 25 yards a catch in 102 career receptions.

WOODS, ROBERTS COME UP BIG IN 2002

Future Oklahoma State quarterback Donovan Woods was the Offensive Player of the Year in 2002.

Woods led Millwood to a third straight Class 2A state championship that season, passing for 2,543 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The All-State kicker in 2002, Luke Roberts of Deer Creek, booted a 65-yard field goal that season, which is still the state record.


by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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