KINGFISHER — Landon Nault had an idea something was happening when he saw family members in the front row of the auditorium.
He still wasn't prepared for what happened later in Tuesday's assembly at Kingfisher High School.
The star running back was honored as Oklahoma's male winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman, but then that was taken a step further with the announcement that he is one of the 12 national finalists for the overall award.
“I was actually very surprised,” Nault said. “We were told by the staff that we were coming over here to congratulate the FFA group. Of course, when I got up here I kind of had a good idea. It's just such a blessing to be picked as one of the finalists.”
Nault has been electric for the Yellowjackets this season, rushing for 1,951 yards and 39 touchdowns in 11 games. He also had a huge game during last week's 52-9 playoff rout of Purcell, scoring five times and carrying the ball 26 times for 267 yards. He also had an interception and fumble recovery on defense.
That's almost been the norm for Nault and Kingfisher during his career, though.
The younger brother of Oklahoma State receiver Logan Nault, Landon now has rushed for 115 touchdowns and 6,870 yards in his career.
Nault and his family will travel to New York on Saturday, Dec. 14. One male and one female winner will be chosen and each will receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy, a $10,000 donation to their respective high schools and recognition during the collegiate Heisman Trophy ceremony that night.
“You fill out a lot of paperwork, the recruiting trail you try to get your child noticed and you hope for the best,” Nault's father, Francis, said. “This is above and beyond.”
And for Landon, that could be a huge weekend.
No. 2 Kingfisher could be playing in the Class 3A championship game ahead of the trip that weekend. But Nault is not thinking that far ahead on the field.
The Yellowjackets first play host to No. 10 Jones on Friday in a big playoff battle.
The Longhorns (7-4) could be troublesome, too, having won seven of their last eight games with the emergence of quarterback Clayton Sims.
“On the football side, we've got to take it week by week,” he said. “You can't put yourself in that spot just yet. In my mind that's what comes first: my team and football.
“Going to the Heisman ceremony, that's going to be incredible, but that comes second.
“Hopefully we can come in and get some big wins and get to that state game and win that state game, and then I'll be happy to go to New York.”