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Kingfisher RB Jacob York learning to hang on

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Published: December 10, 2009
KINGFISHER — Early in the season, Kingfisher football coach Jeff Myers wanted to give running back Jacob York the bulk of the carries. Myers wanted to, but he couldn’t.

York had issues holding onto the ball, and Myers couldn’t trust him all the time. Myers said he would get on York about it and wanted to see how he would respond.

Instead of getting down about it, York worked and worked and worked some more on it.

"That’s all it was — one repetition after another,” York said. "High and tight.”

Kingfisher saw a glimpse into the future last year when quarterback Derek Patterson was a sophomore, and the Yellowjackets made the semifinals.

Most expected Patterson to blossom as a junior. He has — but not too much was expected from York heading into his final season.

It’s been the balance that Patterson has provided passing and York on the ground that has played a huge role in helping Kingfisher reach the Class 2A championship game.

"We just take what the defense gives us,” senior wide receiver Jordan Woods said. "If they take away the passing game, we know Jacob can get the job done.”

York has proven Woods right. He’s run for more than 1,100 yards with 14 touchdowns.

Class 2A championship

Kingfisher (12-2) vs. Lincoln Christian (13-1)
→When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

→Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater

→Extra points: Kingfisher has one of the best defenses around. The Yellowjackets’ offense is averaging 33 points per game. …With all the talk about Roman Wilson and Matt Lawwill, Lincoln Christian quarterback Cale Grauer has impressed with 33 touchdown passes.

Class A championship

Tonkawa (14-0) vs. Stroud (14-0)
→When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

→Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater

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