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.