Millwood quarterback Cameron Batson still hopes to play a couple more high school football games, but he has already claimed a significant award for his performance this season.
Batson was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year on Thursday.
The award recognizes athletic excellence, as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.
By winning the state award, Batson is now qualified for the national player of the year award.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior quarterback and defensive back has led the Falcons to a 13-0 record entering the Class 2A state semifinals, scheduled for Dec. 13.
Batson, who is verbally committed to Texas Tech as a wide receiver, has thrown for 1,946 yards and 27 touchdowns on 101-of-186 passing entering the semifinals. He has rushed for 1,039 yards and 16 touchdowns on 108 carries, while adding nine interceptions on defense.
He has a 4.0 grade-point average, ranks No. 1 in his graduating class and is the senior class president.
“He is an outstanding player and the leader of his team, but also demonstrates great humility and is a class act on the field,” said Dibble coach J.R. Conrad, a former Gatorade award winner at Fairland. “It's encouraging to see someone who can dominate the game also demonstrate great sportsmanship after the game.”
NAULT WON'T ATTEND WENDY'S HEISMAN CEREMONY
When Kingfisher running back Landon Nault was surprised a few weeks ago with the news that he was a national finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman, he couldn't wait to make the trip to New York.
That, however, will have to wait as his focus will remain on football next week.
With the looming winter storm postponing all high school football games this weekend, Nault and the second-ranked Yellowjackets now play against No. 3 Seminole in the Class 3A semifinals Friday, Dec. 13. That's the night the ceremony is scheduled in New York, just one day ahead of the collegiate Heisman Trophy ceremony.
“I feel really bad for him,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. “It's horrible because that's a once-in-a-lifetime deal. I was glad that he was going to be able to participate in it, but now it's really unfortunate that he's not going to be able to.”
Myers said Nault approached him in his office Wednesday and said he would rather play to get a gold ball.
If the games went on as originally scheduled, the Class 3A championship game would have been at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, allowing Nault to attend the ceremony and fly back Saturday morning.
Instead, he has a chance to return to the state championship game.
“I'm going to be willing to bet that probably in his eyes that if we are fortunate enough to be able to win it, that trip to New York and stuff is going to be in the back of his mind,” Myers said.
KRAYBILL TO ATTEND SHOWCASE
Stillwater pitcher Sam Kraybill recently accepted his invite to Perfect Game's World Showcase in Fort Myers, Fla., on Jan. 4-5.
Kraybill, a right-handed pitcher, is ranked No. 21 in Oklahoma by the scouting service. He is listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and features a solid curveball and velocity.
Kraybill joins teammate Jon Littell as top prospects to watch next season with the Pioneers. Littell was ranked No. 30 overall in the 2014 class earlier this year by Perfect Game.