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High school football back with something to prove

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Published: July 3, 2011

There was no dominant boys basketball star. No player the caliber of a Xavier Henry or Daniel Orton or Blake Griffin. But what might have been more impressive was the quality of Oklahoma teams.

State champions such as Tulsa Washington, Douglass and Edmond Memorial made their case. The teams combined for just one in-state loss. Memorial lost once to rival Edmond Santa Fe but also beat the Wolves on three other occasions. And the Trojans, in particular, represented Oklahoma well in a variety of national tournaments.

So has football taken a step back, or are the other sports starting to narrow the gap? The quality of football and the funding of football programs are starting to filter through the rest of the athletic programs, helping overall athletic programs across the state.

However, with names like Heritage Hall's Sterling Shepard and Barry J. Sanders and Jenks' Alex Ross, football once again has a good chance to reassert its dominance.