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It's been a long time since a duo like Barry Sanders, Sterling Shepard came along

by Ryan Aber Modified: August 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm •  Published: August 29, 2011

Here's how long its been since Oklahoma has seen a duo like Heritage Hall's Barry J. Sanders and Sterling Shepard — the Class 6A champion was someone other than Jenks or Tulsa Union.

In the mid-90s, Midwest City had the dynamic backfield tandem of Vernon Maxwell and Rodney Rideau terrifying defenses (and offenses, as both played two ways).

As a senior, Maxwell ran for 1,680 yards and 19 touchdowns. Rideau, primarily serving as Maxwell's blocker at fullback, had 601 yards and seven touchdowns that same year.

In 1995, they led the Bombers to their second consecutive Class 6A title, the last won by someone other than Jenks or Union.

Maxwell and Rideau made their names at Midwest City, and players like Emmanual Maxwell, Vernon's nephew who was an All-State player in 2009 for the Bombers, and Darwin Rideau, Rodney's cousin who starred with Star Spencer the same year, have carried on those names.

Sanders and Shepard, though, already had a standard to live up to when they arrived.

Sanders carrying the same first name as his father, the legendary OSU and NFL Hall of Fame running back.

Shepard is the son of former OU and NFL wide receiver Derrick Shepard.

And while both have a long ways to go to live up to the lofty standards set by their fathers, they've accomplished plenty at the high school level.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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