Looking back at the year in Oklahoma high school football

The Oklahoman high school sports staff takes a look at some of the best moments, performances and surprises of the 2013 football season.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: January 5, 2014

Trent Shadid: The lack of a Division I scholarship offer for senior running backs Kai Callins (Guthrie), Landon Nault (Kingfisher), and Braden Stringer (Blanchard). Some say Stringer and Nault are too short, and Callins too skinny to play at the elite college level. I say the stats, highlights, and high character of all three suggest otherwise.

Best Performances We Saw

Scott Wright: This one comes with a Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1: Norman North's Jake Edzards kicks a game-winning 43-yard field goal to defeat Midwest City as time expires. Part 2: A week later in Yukon, Edzards comes through again with the game-winner, this time from 35 yards in the closing seconds. A ton of high school kickers never get the chance to try a game-winner in the final seconds. Edzards got two in two weeks, and came up clutch on both.

Jacob Unruh: Lawton running back Michael Warren was absolutely unstoppable in the Wolverines' 50-33 win against Edmond Santa Fe on Oct. 18, breaking his own school single-game rushing record with 358 yards while also scoring five touchdowns. It was easily the best performance of his impressive season.

Trent Shadid: Minco's Jacob Overton against Cashion in Week 4. Overton — who played running back, quarterback, receiver, and defensive back — showed off his incredible versatility in a 41-12 road victory against district A-3 rival Cashion. The senior accounted for 350 of the Bulldogs 427 yards, scoring three touchdowns on the ground and throwing for another. He also added a fourth-quarter interception, further proving his ability to do it all.

Best Performances We Didn't See

Scott Wright: Seminole star Papi White had a lot of performances that were worth watching, but his 466-yard night against Marlow to open the playoffs — a state single-game postseason record — must've been magical to watch. White rolled off two more 300-yard games the next two weeks.

Jacob Unruh: I would have loved to watch Central Marlow senior Kevin Harris in Week 2 when he scored nine touchdowns in a 74-34 win against Oklahoma Christian Academy. He scored six times on the ground, caught a TD pass and also returned both a punt and kickoff for TDs. Oh, and he finished with 360 yards rushing.

Trent Shadid: Washington's Brock Harmon against Hinton in Week 6. The senior defensive back returned three interceptions for touchdowns in one quarter, setting a national record during Washington's 57-14 win. The record, which was tied less than a month later, came on returns of 31, 42, and 32 yards during a span of just six minutes.

Best-dressed Coach

These days, if you see someone wearing a suit and tie on the field at a Friday night football game, it usually means the school principal worked late and didn't have time to change clothes.

But first-year head coach Rashaun Woods went old-school when he took the field for John Marshall, with a suit and tie — though the suit coat usually didn't last until kickoff on those warm September nights.

It was a nice touch from a well-respected member of the state's football community, from his days at Millwood, Oklahoma State and into the pros.

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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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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