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High school football: Anadarko's R.J. Sink posts big numbers in first season as feature back

Three games into this season, junior R.J. Sink took over at running back, and now he's helping lead revamped Anadarko on another playoff run.
by Jacob Unruh Modified: November 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012
/articleid/3730820/1/pictures/1890410">Photo - Anadarko running back R.J. Sink on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 in Anadarko, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman <strong>STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>
Anadarko running back R.J. Sink on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 in Anadarko, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN

Sink, a junior, has 1,381 yards and 27 touchdowns on 171 carries through 10 games. He also broke Wilson's school record of touchdowns in one game when he scored seven times in a 56-7 win against Elk City on Sept. 28.

“It was probably one of my better games,” he said. “I felt free out there just running around and getting blocks and everything; just running everywhere and making stuff happen, just out there having fun.”

Sink scored five touchdowns in last week's win over Fort Gibson, setting up a matchup of retooled defending champions.

It also pits the state's leading rusher Lawrence Evitt, also a junior, against Sink.

“He is good, I'm not going to lie,” Sink said. “I've seen him run a little bit. He's got some good speed on him.

“I just want to go out there and get a win, so I'm not really competing with him. I just want to go out there and do my job and run like I know how to run.”

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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Evitt coming up big for Wagoner

Anadarko’s R.J. Sink isn’t the only player in Friday’s game between Wagoner and Anadarko who came into the season with the tough task of filling big shoes.

While Sink replaced last season’s Oklahoman All-State Offensive Player of the Year Sheldon Wilson, Wagoner’s Lawrence Evitt has taken over for versatile star Kevin Peterson.

Peterson rushed for 1,325 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior season, and he is now seeing playing time as a true freshman cornerback at Oklahoma State.

Going into the Class 4A semifinal game at Langston, Evitt has bettered Peterson’s numbers by plenty. He has 2,378 yards and 28 touchdowns rushing and another three receiving. He’s averaging more than 12 yards per carry.

“Evitt’s got speed and that’s what scares me,” Anadarko coach Kent Jackson said. “I’m just worried about this guy getting loose and we’re not going to catch him. That guy the other night (Fort Gibson’s Jake Gandara) got loose a couple of times, but we could catch him.”



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