ENID BACK HEADLINES 1922 TEAM
Heading the 1922 All-State team was a player nicknamed the “Bus.”
Halfback Lynwood “Bus” Haskins from Enid “will go down in history as one of the greatest halfbacks ever produced in Oklahoma scholastic circles,” The Oklahoman reported.
“Though only 17-years-old, and a sophomore, he is a heady player, a great broken field runner, a powerful plunger, kicker, passer and a wizard at returning punts on the kick-off.”
Haskins also made the 1923 All-State team.
SHAWNEE HAS TWO PLAYERS ON 1932 TEAM
Two Shawnee linemen headlined the 1932 Oklahoman All-State team, guard Aubrey Anthony and center Mickey Parks.
“Playing side by side at guard or center, they led the Pack to the unofficial high school football championship,” The Oklahoman reported.
1942 Team Has Trio Of Stars
The Oklahoman's All-State team in 1942 produced three players that would become important to the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.
Woodward fullback Bob Fenimore would become an All-American at Oklahoma A&M.
Another future starter for Oklahoma A&M was on that All-State team, running back Kenneth Roof of Thomas, who joined the military after high school and went to Oklahoma A&M in 1946.
Also on the 1942 team was Hollis quarterback Darrel Royal, who later quarterbacked Bud Wilkinson's 1949 unbeaten team at Oklahoma and became a Texas coaching legend.
CLEVELAND BOASTS A HEISMAN WINNER AND ALL-STATER IN THE SAME YEAR
It was a big year in 1952 for the Vessels family of Cleveland.
Not only did Billy Vessels win the Heisman Trophy carrying the football for the University of Oklahoma, but younger brother Donnie was an All-State running back that year from Cleveland.
The Oklahoman reported that the 1952 team included “a pair of established names on the high school gridiron front.”
In addition to Vessels, “Tommy Pearson, a 16-year-old Capitol Hill wingman, is the brother of Lindell Pearson, an All-State halfback with the Skins,” The Oklahoman reported.
1962 ALL-STATE TEAM HAD AN AMERICAN HERO
One name jumps out on the 1962 All-State football team: tackle Robert Kalsu of Del City.
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.