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.
With the looming winter storm postponing all high school football games this weekend, Nault and the second-ranked Yellowjackets now play against No. 3 Seminole in the Class 3A semifinals Friday, Dec. 13. That’s the night the ceremony is scheduled in New York.
“I feel really bad for him,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. “It’s horrible because that’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. I was glad that he was going to be able to participate in it, but now it’s really unfortunate that he’s not going to be able to.”
Myers said Nault approached him in his office Wednesday and said he would rather play to get a gold ball.
If the games went on as originally scheduled, the Class 3A championship game would have been Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., allowing Nault to attend the ceremony and fly back Saturday morning.
Instead, he has a chance to return to the state championship game.
“I’m going to be willing to bet that probably in his eyes that if we are fortunate enough to be able to win it, that trip to New York and stuff is going to be in the back of his mind,” Myers said.