All-State football: Rashaad Copeland helps West to 33-19 win

El Reno's Rashaad Copeland had a pair of first-half interceptions to help the West jump out to a big lead Friday night.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 27, 2012
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photo - West quarterback Garrett Lorah, center, finds a hole between the East's Hunter Hart and Tyler Clifton during their All State football game at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Tulsa World Michael Wyke) ORG XMIT: OKTUL105
West quarterback Garrett Lorah, center, finds a hole between the East's Hunter Hart and Tyler Clifton during their All State football game at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Tulsa World Michael Wyke) ORG XMIT: OKTUL105

— Rashaad Copeland expected the worst coming in to Friday night's Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game.

“I thought I was going to be horrible,” El Reno's Copeland said. “I was nervous. It was my first time in a game like this.”

But Copeland had a pair of first-half interceptions to help the West jump out to a big lead and hold on for a 33-19 win at Union Tuttle Stadium.

“It was exciting to be able to do something like that,” Copeland said.

Copeland first intercepted McAlester quarterback Tony Kiefer midway through the first quarter.

“I thought he was about to take it down and run it but he faked it and I was able to grab it,” Copeland said.

The second came on Metro Christian's Andrew Hearon in the second quarter when Copeland spun around and the ball landed in his hands.

Even with his electrifying defensive performance, Copeland hopes his future doesn't lie on defense.

He had 64 tackles for the Indians last season but was more of a threat on offense, where he had 640 yards and 7 touchdowns at receiver.

Copeland will head to Southwestern Oklahoma State in two weeks, and one of the big draws to the school was that SWOSU recruited Copeland to play receiver.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
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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