Oklahoman All-State football facts: The 7s
100 YEARS OF OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS — The first Oklahoman All-State team was published on Dec. 7, 1913. As we count down until the 100th team, we take a look back at the teams from each year ending in the number 7.
1917: Variety on first team
Seven high schools were represented on the 1917 All-State team, a fact The Oklahoman sports writers were proud of at the time.
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The headlines pointed out the fact, noting that “Every Section of Oklahoma Has Representation,” on the first team, which included 11 players.
While the writers called Oklahoma City halfback White the top back in the state, they spoke most glowingly of W. Wilson of Marshall.
“Wilson carries the ball well in a broken field, is a good dodger and forward passes accurately,” they wrote. “His line plunging is better than the average player.”
1927: ‘Ball-Toters' were exceptional
The headline said it all: “Quarters Exceptionally Good Ball-Toters But Most of Them Lacking in Strategy”
The Oklahoman's Charles J. Brill was impressed with 1927's quarterbacks as runners, but not as offensive leaders, writing that “ ... there has been a noticeable lack of smart generalship this year.”
1937: Jacobs named captain
In 1937, “Indian” Jack Jacobs' stellar career had only begun as a senior at Muskogee, where he was named “Captain” of The Oklahoman's All-State team, essentially the Player of the Year title of the day.
Jacobs went on to be one of Oklahoma's top quarterbacks from 1939-41, then moved on to the NFL.
There “wasn't much argument” that Jacobs was the state's best player that year.
“Whether in victory or defeat this 185-pound Indian boy stood out like a piece of radium in a deep, dark tunnel,” The Oklahoman's Arthur Edson wrote.
But an even better story was that of Capitol Hill's Paul Woodson, who overcame a leg injury to earn All-State honors.
“While doctors were wondering whether he would ever be able to walk again, Paul was busy stuffing himself with spinach and getting strength in that weak leg,” Edson wrote.
1947: Speedy squads
Headlines touted the speed of the 1947 All-State teams, and that's probably a good thing.
Only five of the 44 players selected to the North and South squads weighed more than 200 pounds. Bud Crutchfield of Bristow led the way at 219 pounds.
That's roughly the same size as Guthrie running back Kye Staley (215 pounds), Muskogee receiver Jameel Owens (225) and Carl Albert defensive back Joe Stoner (211) when they were selected to the 2007 team.
1957: Dombek legacy
Edmond North football fans might notice an interesting name on the 1957 All-State squad.
Ronnie Dombek of Henryetta was selected as a back for the South team, and he later went on to play under Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma.
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