High school football: Deer Creek's do-it-all player Caden Sander to start at quarterback

Sander has been named the starting quarterback for next season, replacing the graduated Joel Blumenthal. Sander will also remain at free safety — where he started the past two seasons — and possibly as the holder, kick returner and punt returner.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 23, 2013
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photo - The Deer Creek Antlers take the field before a high school football game between Edmond Memorial and Deer Creek at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
The Deer Creek Antlers take the field before a high school football game between Edmond Memorial and Deer Creek at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“I honestly think Caden's better than Joel,” said running back Alec James, who also returns after scoring 14 total TDs last season. “I think he's a little tougher and a little faster.

“Him playing free safety for us last year did a lot, so hopefully him at quarterback can do some, too.”

Sander has spent the spring working on his release point along with adjusting to becoming the team leader, where it's already evident he has embraced it by his brief but encouraging comments to teammates during practices.

“He is one of the greatest leaders of anybody I've ever been around here,” Gower said. “Our team just gravitates to him, they follow him.”

Now, it's just a matter of trying to find time for him to take a break at some point during the game.

Sander returned three punts for touchdowns last season, and Gower still hasn't decided if he will put his quarterback in those situations. Sander will, however, try to talk his way onto the field for every play.

“From my personal view, I want to contribute as much as I can,” he said. “But I understand I've got to rest sometimes, but I hope I can stay on the field as much as I can.”

by Jacob Unruh
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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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