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High schools: We came, we saw — and here are some of the bests from the 2012 football season

Oklahoman prep writers watched plenty of good performances from teams and individuals. And the choices were tough to make.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: December 9, 2012

Scott Wright: McGuinness WR Cody Chancellor in Irish's 42-32 win over Carl Albert on Sept. 28

While the 387 yards and five TDs of OCS quarterback Austin Brooks in Saturday's championship game made me strongly rethink my choice here, I'm going with Chancellor's 359 receiving yards and four touchdowns on just six receptions — 59.8 yards per catch — against Carl Albert. And Chancellor did it all with a cast protecting his broken left hand.

Jacob Unruh: Westmoore QB Jhames West in Jaguars' 29-16 win over Norman North, Sept. 13. West threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one, as Westmoore handed the Class 6A runner-up its lone regular-season loss. West was very impressive running the offense in the second half, orchestrating three TD drives that turned a 9-7 halftime deficit into the victory.

Biggest Surprise

Ryan Aber: Putnam City North 63, Midwest City 27, Oct. 7

At this point in the season, it wasn't a huge surprise that the Panthers came out with the win.

But the Panthers flat dominated the Bombers in a way that score can't even show.

Putnam North RB Tae Moore ran for four touchdowns in the game's first eight minutes.

Moore finished with 187 yards rushing and added a touchdown catch later.

Scott Wright: Carl Albert 56, McGuinness 33, Oct. 23

Carl Albert's turnaround from 1-5 to state champion was a shocker, but more specifically, the second half performance by the Titans in their 56-33 semifinal win over McGuinness. Carl Albert led 14-13 at halftime, and the game looked to be a nail-biter. But the Titans' Bryan Williams returned the second-half kickoff for a TD to spark the rout, then QB Steven Thompson guided them to touchdowns on all six second-half possessions.

Jacob Unruh: Del City 41, Lawton MacArthur 18, Sept. 20

This was the game that proved Del City was a playoff team. The Eagles scored 20 points in the fourth quarter on the road at Cameron Stadium, completing a rout the Highlanders rarely suffer.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
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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by Jacob Unruh
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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