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All-State football: How Midwest City's James Flanders makes football his ode to joy

JAMES FLANDERS — Midwest City running back James Flanders does many things well on the football field, including reminding his coach how much fun the game could and should be.
By RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: January 1, 2012

/articleid/3636834/1/pictures/1600068">Photo - All-State football player James Flanders, of Midwest City, poses for a photo in Oklahoma CIty, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
All-State football player James Flanders, of Midwest City, poses for a photo in Oklahoma CIty, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Flanders can't remember where the comment came from but says it was a driving force over the summer. He played the season weighing just more than 180.

“James is an unbelievable athlete,” said Bombers linebacker Zeke Lewis, who has played with Flanders for at least six years. “You could put him at any position besides punter and he'd do a great job. He's just so competitive.”

Even with the size he was before this season, Flanders was solid all around.

“His ability to block really adds to him as a player,” Huff said. “He runs some power game where he's the kick-out back and we can do some different things because of that.”

It's no secret that his brothers — James and Timothy — played a big part in turning him into the player he's become. With James finishing his Bombers career with 4,856 yards and 81 touchdowns, the three brothers combined for 10,483 yards and 167 total touchdowns.

James is committed to Tulsa, where John will be a senior next season, but is also receiving some interest from other schools.


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