Norman High defensive end Cade Parker started off his senior season with a bang, collecting five sacks against rival Norman North.
The performance tied the school's single-game record and helped the Tigers earn a 38-31 win. It also helped ignite what would be a stellar season for The Oklahoman All-State defensive lineman.
Parker set school records for sacks in a season with 21 and in a career with 32 — accomplishing all the individual goals he'd made before his final year.
“I wasn't as confident as my coach was in me at first,” Parker said. “He knew I could break the records and goals we set for me. When I got five sacks in one game, that's when I really knew I could get those records. And listening to all the technique and things he taught me helped a lot.”
Being selected to the All-State team has helped him gain further confidence in his ability.
“This type of honor is what I've been working for since I was a freshman,” Parker said. “All the hard work and sprints in two-a-days and practice, and everything I've done for the purpose of becoming the best player I could be. This is just validating that I put in enough work to become the best player I could be.”