Former Wayne running back Josh Way did everything he could during his high school career with the Bulldogs.
Just in his last season, Way ran for 2,989 yards and 42 touchdowns and helped Wayne win the Class A title.
Friday night at the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game, Way feels like he has something left to prove.
“It's a real good chance to prove what Class A's made of,” Way said. “I want to prove that I didn't just put up all those numbers against bad teams.”
The game will be played at 8 p.m. at Tulsa Union.
Way is part of a dynamic trio of running backs for the West, teaming up with Anadarko's Sheldon Wilson and Putnam City's Casey Curtis.
The group combined for 8,129 yards and 127 touchdowns rushing last year.
“It's probably one of the first times three running backs with those kinds of numbers have been on the same team in this game,” Way said. “It'll be a challenge but I'm looking forward to playing with those guys.”
While Wilson and Curtis are starting their college careers soon, playing together at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Way's dream of playing college football will wait.
He signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State and planned on playing there but a recent academic hangup will defer that possibility for a year or two.
Way could've played this season, but a change in his scholarship status made staying home for a time the right decision.
“I made the decision two weeks ago,” Way said. “It was a hard process but it was the right move. It was really tough. But I had some friends, coaches and other people giving me advice. I'm bummed about not getting to play this year but feel a little bit better now that it's been decided.”
Way said he planned on lifting weights and running every day in the next year, though, to keep himself in shape for when the opportunity comes again.
“It's still my goal to play college football,” Way said. “I've got my dreams and my goals and I'm going to follow them.”
For now, Way is trying to enjoy his last football experience for awhile, though.
“Being the first All-State football player from Wayne is awesome,” he said. “I figured there would be another one like Coach (Brandon) Sharp. It's a real honor to play for my town, play for my school and my football team.”
Sharp, who coaches his alma mater, said Way's participation is a big deal for the town.
“It's exciting for our community,” Sharp said. “It just shows the hard work and dedication that Josh put in. The community is jacked up. A lot of them are going to come up and go to Tulsa to watch him.”