Oklahoma State first had the triplets – Mike Gundy, Barry Sanders and Hart Lee Dykes.
At Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond, there is a high school version of the high-scoring trio: quarterback Austin Brooks, wide receiver Blake Barnes and running back/wide receiver Garrett Kilborn.
The Saints (12-1) have reached the Class 2A semifinal game against Frederick on Friday night in Weatherford due much to the offensive production of the three seniors who are close friends off the field.
“It's almost every day that we are hanging out with each other at somebody's house,” Kilborn said.
Brooks, who is 6-foot-4, has thrown for 2,815 yards this season and 45 touchdowns. His favorite target is the 6-3, 200-pound Barnes.
“He is a big target,” Brooks said of the 6-3, 200-pound Barnes. “He's bigger than most of the cornerbacks and db's (defensive backs) we face. “I have confidence in him, knowing he will be there to catch the ball.”
Barnes has 50 receptions this season for 955 yards and 20 touchdowns.
“This year, we have done a lot of extra route running after practice,” Barnes said. “We have definitely put in the work.”
Kilborn is the most versatile player on the team. He starts at H-back and lines up all over the field, including at quarterback in Saints' version of the Belldozer, what they call the Kildozer.
Kilborn has 15 touchdowns rushing and receiving combined this season.
“What makes them so good is they have really learned to work well together and communicate with each other,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “They know where each other is going to be all of the time.”
Kilborn said the trio's close friendship outside of football makes a difference on the football field.
“I think that is a big part of our chemistry, really, that we are good friends,” he said. “It's hard to explain. We are so close we've learned each other's tendencies. Over time, we have just built that chemistry and trust.”
On defense, Kilborn is the starting free safety and Barnes is a cornerback. Brooks wants to play defense too, but Turner won't let him.
“I don't need my quarterback to play defense,” Turner said. “I need my quarterback to play quarterback.”
Kilborn also is the deep snapper for Brooks, who punts for the Saints as well.
“They are all exceptional athletes, not only in football, but in every sport they play,” Turner said.
Brooks is a top-notch baseball pitcher. Barnes plays basketball, soccer and has a 4 handicap in golf.
“He is the most athletic kid at OCS,” Kilborn said of Barnes. “He has been that kid who is good at everything ever since he was little.”
Kilborn's first love is basketball and is the starting point guard for the Saints.
“I could see him playing basketball in college,” Turner said. “He is a gamer. He is a very, very competitive.”
OCS' likely will need an outstanding game from its triplets to keep up with high-scoring Frederick on Friday night.
The Bombers (13-0) are the second highest scoring team in the state, only behind Vian, and have scored more than 70 points five times this season.
But the Saints can score, too, averaging 40 points a game.
“We can score on anybody,” Kilborn said.