1914: OKC dominant in selections
The 1914 All-State team was just the newspaper's second year of selecting a statewide all-star team. Five men selected All-State teams, all of which were printed, along with the consensus choices as the official selections.
Oddly, Graham Johnson of Norman was voted by all five men as the best quarterback in the state, though he ended up on the official All-State team as a fullback.
H.G. Soutar, one of the selectors, wrote of Johnson: “He is a dandy tackler, a firstclass open field runner, a good receiver of forward passes, a fair passer himself, a dandy interferer in spite of his size and calls signals to advantage.”
1924: Backfield stars easy to find
The headline said it all. In 1924, finding star power in the backfield was easiest of all.
“Backfield Sensations Far More Numerous Than Forward Stars,” The Oklahoman headline read above the All-State team.
Writer Charles J. Brill pointed to his two first-team halfbacks as proof of the idea, under the subhead “Fuquay Greatest of All.”
“The halfback positions on the first team go to Joe Fuquay of Stigler and Secrest of McAlester,” he wrote. “Here are two unpretentious athletes who, in spite of their modesty and willingness to submerge personal glory for the benefit of the team as a whole, never have entered a game from which they failed to come out heroes.”
1934: The 12th man
The 1934 All-State roster was unique compared to those before it. Twelve players were selected to the first team, which Oklahoman Sports Editor Bus Ham explained this way: “The twelfth man is an additional back. He was selected in order to keep apace of the most modern trend in this colorful autumnal sport, that of the ‘five-man backfield.'
“Since the advent of the rabbit back or tail-back — some little fellow who can run like the wind for perhaps half a ball game but cannot go at full speed all the way — almost every successful team has had two of these darting diminutives to alternate.”
1944: Van Pool finds stardom
He has been inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. His name is on the gymnasium at Northwest Classen High School, where he coached basketball teams to three state championships.
In fact, he coached basketball for 27 years at five Oklahoma City schools, but Don Van Pool got his start on the football field, where the Capitol Hill end was selected to the 1944 All-State team before going on to play at Oklahoma State.
Van Pool passed away in December of 2011.
1954: Bomber greatness
Dick Evans rose to prominence in the Midwest City backfield, earning All-State status in 1954, but that was only the start of his success as a Bomber.
Evans became Midwest City's football coach in 1978, succeeding the legendary Jim Darnell. Evans guided the Bombers to two state championships, in 1985 and 1988.
1964: Kolb and coaches
Browse through the 1964 team and a few names quickly jump out at you. First, you'll see Jon Kolb, who went on to become an All-American at Oklahoma State before playing 13 seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But a couple other men on the team had successful coaching careers in the state. Ronald Freeman — better known as Ron — became a Hall of Famer for his coaching success at Muskogee, where he played. His son, Jason, was an All-Stater exactly 30 years later.
Okmulgee center Dale Patterson turned Northeastern Oklahoma A&M into a junior-college powerhouse, and the school was on track to do it again after his recent return, although he will resign as coach after the Norsemen's bowl game.
1974: Call him Dave
A well-known name appears on the 1974 roster, Tulsa Rogers quarterback David Rader.
Better known as Dave, Rader went into coaching shortly after starting for two seasons as the University of Tulsa's quarterback. His coaching career took him to Alabama twice, Mississippi State, Tulsa and Mississippi, where he spent the 2010 season as offensive coordinator.
Rader's Tulsa head coaching stint lasted from 1988-99, when he went 49-80-1.
1984: An All-Stater lost
A lot of former All-State players went on to make a major impact in the lives of the people they met, and Chandler's Scott Myers is most certainly on that list.
Myers was a head coach at Woodward, Moore and most recently Chandler until he passed away earlier this month following a two-year fight with cancer.
“He was always there,” former Moore player Corey Reeves said. “He's a coach, so you look at what he taught you in a football way, but he's taught us more than I could ever describe.
“Those are things that we're going to live by for a long time.”
1994: Just try to throw on these guys
You could make an argument for the 1994 team as the best All-State secondary ever.
Tulsa Washington's R.W. McQuarters, Ada's Brandon Daniels, Midwest City's Raymond Cato and Lawton's Mike Carter all were Division I prospects.
Though Daniels spent his time in college on offense, Cato and McQuarters were stars at Oklahoma State and McQuarters played 11 years in the NFL.
Up front, the All-State team had 13-year NFL veteran Kelly Gregg of Edmond North.
2004: Bound for the League
In the first edition of our 100 Years of All-State package last Sunday, we told you about all the NFL experience on the 2003 team. A few of those players, Curtis Lofton, Reggie Smith and Phillip Dillard, repeated as All-Staters in 2004.
And they were joined by other future NFL players Felix Jones of Tulsa Washington, now with the Dallas Cowboys, and Deji Karim of Putnam City North, who is on the Indianapolis Colts' injured list.
Buried down on the honorable mention list was a future No. 1 draft choice, PC North's Sam Bradford. The St. Louis Rams QB didn't make the first-, second- or third-team All-State squad that year, his junior season.
Other juniors and future first-round picks, Southeast's Gerald McCoy and Ardmore's Jermaine Gresham, were on the second and third teams, respectively in 2004.