by Ryan Aber Published: November 27, 2012
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Littrell went on to star at OU as a fullback.

Since graduating from OU, Littrell has steadily worked his way up in coaching, starting as a graduate assistant at Kansas.

After stints at Texas Tech and Arizona, Littrell is now the offensive coordinator under Kevin Wilson at Indiana.

West side dominates in 1976

The East side of the state may have dominated Class 6A for the last 17 years, but at one time, things were reversed.

In 1976, the West had all four of the semifinalists in the state's largest class, 4A, with Del City, Edmond, Moore and Putnam City West.

Each of the four semifinalists in 4A had two representatives on the 4A team — Steve Hammond and Ken Oleson of Del City, Richard Turner and Mark Olbert of Edmond, Mark Powers and Jeff McKinney of Putnam West and Jay Kimerson and Bruce Compton of Norman.

Four Class C players picked in '66

The 1966 All-State team was, not surprisingly, dominated by the largest of the five classes.

Class 3A had 22 of the team's representatives.

The smallest class, though, had a solid showing.

Four Class C players made the squads, with Thomas' Woody Roof, Garber's Gene Barnes, Perkins' Gene Niles and Rush Springs' Joe Coyle earning spots.

Roof went on to win five state titles at three schools as a coach. His first came at Watonga in 1978 and his last at Elk City in 1998. He also won a pair of titles at Weatherford.

Coyle went on to play at Oklahoma State.

He died in August due to complications from multiple sclerosis.

Banquet tradition started in 1926

The 1926 team was the first to be brought together in Oklahoma City.

Beginning in 1938, the squad was split into two sides and a game was played.

In 1926, though, this was a new development.

“Those selected on the first team will be guests of The Oklahoma Publishing company at a banquet at Oklahoma club next Friday evening,” Oklahoman Sports Editor Charles J. Brill wrote in the Dec. 5, 1926, Daily Oklahoman. “The Oklahoman will provide transportation for each man to and from Oklahoma City. This is expected to become an annual event.”

Now, the team members are invited to the Jim Thorpe Association's award banquet each season.

Munsey skips festivities for hunt

Norman's J.S. Munsey was picked as one of four backs on the 1936 team and one of two Norman players on the squad.

Munsey, though, was the lone all-stater who wasn't at the All-State Field Day the day before the team was announced in the paper on Dec. 13.

Munsey missed the workout at Oklahoma City University to go deer hunting.

In his place, another Norman back, Torrey Smith, who made the 1935 team, performed at the workout.

Norman center Novel Wood was also on the team.

Backfield strong in 1916

The selectors didn't seem to have any problem picking Norman's Wallace Abbott, Pawhuska's John Comstock, Blackwell's Everett Hafer and Tulsa's Kiefer (first name unavailable) as the running backs and quarterback in 1916.

“Naming the backfield is a cinch,” the story said before listing the players and saying they “would make a backfield that any college in the state would have been strengthened for having.”

Not many stats were listed, but Hafer scored 14 touchdowns in addition to kicking field goals.

by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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