Wayne Ellenberg led Carl Albert to its first undefeated regular season, rushing for more than 1,400 yards. Ellenberg finished with 4,000 yards in his prep career. ... Sand Springs had a nose guard who was compared by The Oklahoman to Lee Roy Selmon. “Impossible to block. Some say he should have lettered at 11 schools because he spent so much time in the opposing teams' backfield,” The Oklahoman story said. He eventually starred OU, and later coached the Sooners. Young man by the name of John Blake.
This team was full of studs who played collegiately and professionally, but none more than the Lawton Wolverines. Defensive lineman Will Shields became a legend with the Kansas City Chiefs, starting all but one game in a 14-year career. Lawton teammate James Trapp played several seasons in the NFL. Another Wolverine, running back Dewell Brewer, had a cup of coffee with the Indianapolis Colts. ... About five miles away, at Lawton Eisenhower, Butch Huskey was listed as the All-State punter, averaging 41.2 yards per attempt. He was the Eagles' regular tight end, catching 13 passes for 410 yards. But Huskey went on the play professional baseball. ... Cale Gundy of Midwest City was the '88 quarterback — 23 years later, he is the Oklahoma Sooners' recruiting coordinator and running backs coach.
Sometimes The Oklahoman has to consider several players for one position. The 1998 All-State squad was one of those instances. The first-team quarterback was Josh Blankenship of Tulsa Union. The senior threw 3,119 yards and a then-single-season-record 40 touchdowns. Blankenship was chosen as our QB over talents such as Chris Massey of Spiro, Brandon Hurst of Carl Albert, Greg Richmond of Douglass, Bryan Blew of Edmond North and Ben Bowling of Jenks. One other stellar quarterback from the 1998 season — Jason White of Tuttle. The future Heisman Trophy winner was a first-team defensive back; the other aforementioned QBs made the No. 1 All-State roster at positions they were designated to play, if necessary, for their high school teams. ... The first-team was so loaded with talent, there was no room for Heritage Hall wide receiver and kick return specialist Wes Welker. The future New England Patriots star was a second-team choice as a kick/punt returner.
Most players on this team are still playing college football. Gabe Ikard of Bishop McGuinness is a do-it-all along the offensive line for the Oklahoma Sooners. Tracy Moore of Tulsa Union has been a standout receiver for Oklahoma State. Defensive back Daytawion Lowe of Carl Albert is a starter with Oklahoma State, and Gabe Lynn of Jenks is a vital member of OU's defensive backfield. ... Former Dewar star Ronnell Lewis opted out of his senior year at OU and now plays for the Detroit Lions.
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