Two days before he and his Tulsa East Central squad play for the Class 5A state championship, standout Stanvon Taylor was named Oklahoma's Gatorade Football Player of the Year on Thursday.
Verbally committed to Oklahoma as a defensive back, Taylor has four interceptions this year, returning one for a touchdown. He has over 1,000 receiving yards with 15 touchdowns, with two rushing scores and a kickoff return TD. On top of that, he threw for a pair of touchdowns on 3-of-6 passing.
First-year Tulsa East Central coach Bobby Klinck won the same award in 2001 when he played at Jenks.
Taylor, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, is the No. 2 player in The Oklahoman's Super 30 state recruiting rankings, behind fellow OU commitment D.J. Ward.
Tulsa East Central and Carl Albert will play for the 5A title at 7:30 Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
SOUTHMOORE, DEL CITY AMONG WIN-WIN CHAMPIONS
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced state champions for Win-Win Week earlier this week.
Southmoore (6A), Del City (5A), Tecumseh (4A), Lexington and Purcell (3A), Mounds (2A), Canton (A) and Boise City (B) were named state champions.
The schools were among the 60 in the state that participated in the annual program, which encourages schools to raise cancer awareness and funds for the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma. The schools statewide combined to raise nearly $84,000.