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All-State football team: Edmond North's Cole Parsons, offensive line proud of Huskies rushing stats

COLE PARSON — The Edmond North senior offensive lineman said he's proud of what the Huskies did this season, especially after the death of teammate Ryan Smith. Parson said Edmond North was as close as ever after Smith's death.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, Published: January 1, 2012

EDMOND — It was a very up and down season for Cole Parsons and Edmond North's football team.

Parsons, a senior and an Oklahoman All-State offensive lineman, was a leader on a huge, physical line that took pride in the Huskies' impressive run stats. Edmond North averaged over 220 yards a game on the ground with senior running backs Jarion Tudman and Jared Benway.

“We always paid attention to the rushing yards,” Parson said. “That was our stat.

“We loved blocking for those guys.”

Edmond North started off 7-0 and was looking like one of Class 6A's top teams. But between Weeks 6 and 7, sophomore offensive lineman Ryan Smith died one day after breaking his leg in practice.

“We struggled in the middle of the season with the passing of Ryan Smith,” Parsons said.

The Huskies lost two straight games, to Lawton and rival Edmond Santa Fe, before finishing the regular season by beating U.S. Grant.

The Huskies got hot again, shutting out Yukon in the first round of the playoffs.

But then Edmond North's season ended with a 17-16 loss at eventual state champion Tulsa Union in the quarterfinals.

“It was a terrible loss,” Parsons said. “It was the closest our school's ever been. I thought we had it.”

Parsons said he thinks this year's success set a standard going forward at Edmond North.

“These seniors were strong leaders,” Parsons said. “I think we set a standard that hopefully the teams to come will follow. This year made it a better program.”

Parsons now moves his attention to where he'll play his college football. He doesn't have any offers yet, but lists Colorado State, Iowa State and Wyoming as his favorite three schools. He said he'll take visits in January and expects to get some offers then.

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