Two days before he and his Tulsa East Central squad play for the Class 5A state championship, standout Stanvon Taylor was named Oklahoma's Gatorade Football Player of the Year on Thursday.
Verbally committed to Oklahoma as a defensive back, Taylor has four interceptions this year, returning one for a touchdown. He has over 1,000 receiving yards with 15 touchdowns, with two rushing scores and a kickoff return TD. On top of that, he threw for a pair of touchdowns on 3-of-6 passing.
First-year Tulsa East Central coach Bobby Klinck won the same award in 2001 when he played at Jenks.
Taylor, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, is the No. 2 player in The Oklahoman's Super 30 state recruiting rankings, behind fellow OU commitment D.J. Ward.
Tulsa East Central and Carl Albert will play for the 5A title at 7:30 Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
SOUTHMOORE, DEL CITY AMONG WIN-WIN CHAMPIONS
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced state champions for Win-Win Week earlier this week.
Southmoore (6A), Del City (5A), Tecumseh (4A), Lexington and Purcell (3A), Mounds (2A), Canton (A) and Boise City (B) were named state champions.
The schools were among the 60 in the state that participated in the annual program, which encourages schools to raise cancer awareness and funds for the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma. The schools statewide combined to raise nearly $84,000.
The schools will be presented with their championship trophies at Friday night's Class 6A state title game in Stillwater.
COACHES TRY TO ADD TO TOTALS
The three coaches with the most state titles in Oklahoma history will be trying to add to their totals this weekend.
Jenks coach Allan Trimble has won more state football titles than any coach in history with nine, the last in 2007. His Trojans play Norman North at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
Clinton coach Mike Lee and Carl Albert's Gary Rose are tied for second on the list with eight.
Rose's Titans play Tulsa East Central at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater in the 5A game and Lee's Red Tornadoes take on Anadarko at 12:30 p.m. Saturday for the 4A title.
AIR RAID IN 2A SEMIFINAL
Friday night's Class 2A semifinal in Weatherford between Oklahoma Christian School and Frederick will feature two high-powered offenses.
“I would think it's going to be a pretty high-scoring game,” OCS coach Derek Turner said.
Turner said Frederick's offense resembles the Texas Tech spread under former coach Mike Leach.
“They come out throwing out of the locker room,” Turner said. “They are very good. They spread the field and run kind of the old Texas Tech offense where you widen your linemen out with four-foot splits.”
OCS can score, too. Saints quarterback Austin Brooks has thrown 45 touchdowns this season, 20 to wide receiver Blake Barnes.