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

With all the bad weather that December brought, it felt like the high school football season of 2013 was going to carry into the new year. Thankfully it all got wrapped up, just a week later than planned.

The Oklahoman released its All-State football team in Sunday's newspaper, and our Little and Big All-City teams will roll out over the next couple of days.

But for now, The Oklahoman high school sports staff takes a look at some of the best moments, performances and surprises of the 2013 football season.

Game of the Year

Scott Wright: I declared Norman North's frantic 45-42 win over Midwest City on Sept. 27 the Game of the Year moments after Jake Edzards had booted the winning field goal. And it took nearly three months for a game to top it. Davis' rally from 19 down at halftime — and 11 down with under six minutes with the ball at its 1-yard line — to win the Class 2A title was the year's best game.

Jacob Unruh: Davis' comeback to beat Millwood in the Class 2A championship game. I wasn't there, but this is easily the game of the year for me. Trailing by 19 at halftime and then scoring two touchdowns in the final 2:23 to win the title is remarkable.

Trent Shadid: Blanchard's 20-17 win over Plainview in the Class 3A semifinals goes down as the best game I saw this season. Trailing 17-14 with 2:33 remaining, Blanchard put together an 11-play, 71-yard drive capped by a game-winning touchdown run from star running back Braden Stringer with just over 30 seconds to play.

Best Moment of the Year

Scott Wright: The Kingfisher and Davis state championships. The seniors on those two teams had each been to two state finals before this season, and lost both. Their coaches had each been to multiple title games without a victory. And on the same Thursday night in December, they all went home with a gold ball.

Jacob Unruh: Guthrie star Kai Callins' final performance was one to remember. Just a year removed from suffering a torn ACL, the running back/defensive back rushed for 231 yards, four touchdowns and also intercepted a pass in the Bluejays' 51-21 win against McAlester in the Class 5A championship.

Trent Shadid: Hollis' run to winning the Class A state title. Ranked No. 6 in The Oklahoman's preseason poll, Hollis didn't exactly come out of nowhere to win the Class A title, but their dominance was impressive. The Tigers went 14-0 with no opponent coming within 17 points.

Season's Biggest Surprise

Scott Wright: The Meeker Bulldogs. After starting 17th in The Oklahoman's Class 2A preseason rankings, the Bulldogs finished third following the most successful season in school history. Just an incredible job by coach Mike Hedge, his staff and players.

Jacob Unruh: The year of the quarterback losing steam so quickly. Entering a season with top recruits like David Cornwell and Justice Hansen expected to dominate, injuries ruined their senior campaigns. Meanwhile, other star quarterbacks floundered at times, leaving the spotlight to other players at other positions.

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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
Reporter
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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