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Blanchard's Braden Stringer keyed Lions' turnaround

ALL-STATE FOOTBALL — After his team went 5-5 during Braden Stringer's sophomore season in 2011, The Oklahoman's first-team All-State running back played a major role in turning the Lions into a championship team over his final two years.
by Trent Shadid Published: January 5, 2014

It's no coincidence Braden Stringer's time as a starter at Blanchard resulted in the best back-to-back years in program history.

After his team went 5-5 during Stringer's sophomore season in 2011, The Oklahoman's first-team All-State running back played a major role in turning the Lions into a championship team over his final two years.

The school won its second state title in 2012, with Stringer scoring the decisive touchdown in the Class 3A state championship game.

This season, the Lions went 13-1 and finished runner-up with Stringer's 3,202 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns leading the way.

“I think he really played a key role in changing the culture for our kids,” said Blanchard coach Jeff Craig. “When your kids get to see a guy have individual success like Braden, they watch how hard he works and realize what it takes. He's still always been committed to the team, and taking guys under his wing to show them the hard work and dedication will pay off.”

“He's just a solid representative of our school and our program and what we stand for.”

Some say Stringer, who's also a wrestling standout, is one of the best athletes to come out of Blanchard.

However, playing at the Class 3A level and checking in at 5-foot-9 has apparently hurt him on the recruiting trail as he still hasn't received any Division I scholarship offers for football.

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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