High school football: Blanchard running back Braden Stringer better than ever

Last season, Stringer averaged 9.7 yards on 142 rushing attempts. His per-carry production has gone up — by more than a yard — this season.
by Scott Wright Published: December 2, 2013
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photo - Blanchard's Braden Stringer runs past Newcastle defender Brandon Smith (27) and the rest of the Racers on his way to a second quarter touchdown in Class 3A high school football playoff action on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Blanchard, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Blanchard's Braden Stringer runs past Newcastle defender Brandon Smith (27) and the rest of the Racers on his way to a second quarter touchdown in Class 3A high school football playoff action on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Blanchard, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

BLANCHARD — With the expectation of two or three times as many carries, it seemed unlikely that Blanchard running back Braden Stringer would be able to match his 10-yard-per-carry average of a year ago.

Unlikely, but not impossible.

Last season, Stringer averaged 9.7 yards over 142 rushing attempts during the Lions' run to the Class 3A state championship. Yet with his transition from primarily a defensive player to featured back, Stringer's per-carry production has gone up — by more than a yard.

But last year, Stringer's primary role was on defense, while he and Stephan Davis split carries at running back. Now, with Stringer getting the ball as many as 25 or 30 times in big games, he has turned into a workhorse.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound senior has rushed for 2,880 yards and 41 touchdowns on 257 carries, an average of 11.2 yards per attempt. He's coming off a quarterfinal playoff game in which he rushed for 338 yards and six touchdowns to earn The Oklahoman's staff choice as City-Area Player of the Week.

“With the maturation of our line, and Braden continuing to get stronger and faster, we knew he could be good,” said coach Jeff Craig, whose Lions face Plainview in the Class 3A semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Moore Stadium.

“He's always had great vision and good feet. He's added about 10 pounds since last year. It's just been a good mixture for him to have a good year.”


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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