1917: Variety on first team
Seven high schools were represented on the 1917 All-State team, a fact The Oklahoman sports writers were proud of at the time.
The headlines pointed out the fact, noting that “Every Section of Oklahoma Has Representation,” on the first team, which included 11 players.
While the writers called Oklahoma City halfback White the top back in the state, they spoke most glowingly of W. Wilson of Marshall.
“Wilson carries the ball well in a broken field, is a good dodger and forward passes accurately,” they wrote. “His line plunging is better than the average player.”
1927: ‘Ball-Toters' were exceptional
The headline said it all: “Quarters Exceptionally Good Ball-Toters But Most of Them Lacking in Strategy”
The Oklahoman's Charles J. Brill was impressed with 1927's quarterbacks as runners, but not as offensive leaders, writing that “ ... there has been a noticeable lack of smart generalship this year.”
1937: Jacobs named captain
In 1937, “Indian” Jack Jacobs' stellar career had only begun as a senior at Muskogee, where he was named “Captain” of The Oklahoman's All-State team, essentially the Player of the Year title of the day.
Jacobs went on to be one of Oklahoma's top quarterbacks from 1939-41, then moved on to the NFL.
There “wasn't much argument” that Jacobs was the state's best player that year.
“Whether in victory or defeat this 185-pound Indian boy stood out like a piece of radium in a deep, dark tunnel,” The Oklahoman's Arthur Edson wrote.
But an even better story was that of Capitol Hill's Paul Woodson, who overcame a leg injury to earn All-State honors.
“While doctors were wondering whether he would ever be able to walk again, Paul was busy stuffing himself with spinach and getting strength in that weak leg,” Edson wrote.
1947: Speedy squads
Headlines touted the speed of the 1947 All-State teams, and that's probably a good thing.
Only five of the 44 players selected to the North and South squads weighed more than 200 pounds. Bud Crutchfield of Bristow led the way at 219 pounds.
That's roughly the same size as Guthrie running back Kye Staley (215 pounds), Muskogee receiver Jameel Owens (225) and Carl Albert defensive back Joe Stoner (211) when they were selected to the 2007 team.
1957: Dombek legacy
Edmond North football fans might notice an interesting name on the 1957 All-State squad.
Ronnie Dombek of Henryetta was selected as a back for the South team, and he later went on to play under Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma.
And he's the father of North head coach Jeremy Dombek, who also played at Henryetta, where Ronnie moved back to with his wife, Nancy, after college.
A few years ago, an all-time team from the schools of Okmulgee County was named. Ronnie made the team as a running back, but Jeremy didn't make it at quarterback.
“He gave me a hard time about that,” Jeremy said with a laugh. “But I told him, I had Troy Aikman playing my position.”
1967: Bell family tradition
Clinton back Roy Bell rushed for 1,842 yards and scored 276 points as a senior, earning Back of the Year honors on the 1967 football team.
He was following in the footsteps — sort of — of his older brothers.
Melvin and Carlos Bell were each named Basketball Players of the Year in previous seasons.
Roy Bell guided Clinton to its second state championship in 1967, a total that reached 16 on Saturday.
1977: Quarterbacks reigned
The quarterback class of 1977 was extremely impressive. Players like Charles Davis of Tulsa Washington, Smokey McCarthey of Del City and Randy Page of Southeast made the team alongside the co-Backs of the Year.
It also included Putnam City's Kelly Phelps, who went on to start at Oklahoma, and Putnam City West's Scott Tinsley, who played at Southern Cal, then in the NFL.
1987: Brewer earns distinction
Lawton running back Dewell Brewer was clearly the most deserving player for the Back of the Year award in 1987, but it came with a historic touch.
Brewer rushed for 1,871 yards and 26 touchdowns, guiding the Wolverines to a 14-0 record and the Class 5A state title.
But Brewer was only a junior — the first junior to win Back of the Year. Now an assistant at Lawton High, won the award again in 1988 to become the first two-time winner.
The 1987 team also included the first eight-man player selected to the first team in Welch's 6-foot-5, 250-pound Stacey Satterwhite.
1997: Jenks history
All throughout the state in 1997, media, coaches and fans were declaring Jenks one of the best teams in state history, and it's hard to argue. Adding more ammunition, Jenks had four All-Staters in 1997, the first team to have four players selected.
Defensive Player of the Year Rocky Calmus was joined by offensive lineman Sean Mahan and defensive linemen Brad Hawkins and Jason Lohr. Justin Dixon and Brett Butler joined the roster as second-team players.
2007: Cowboy success
The 2007 team was dotted with several future major-college players, but Oklahoma State had the most success with the first-teamers.
Plainview receiver Justin Blackmon starred for the Pokes before being selected by Jacksonville in the first round of last spring's NFL Draft.
Meanwhile, Carl Albert safety Daytawion Lowe, Owasso offensive lineman Brandon Webb and Guthrie running back Kye Staley — the Offensive Player of the Year — are still playing key roles for the Cowboys this season.
And it's not just football. OSU baseball standout Mark Ginther of Jenks was the first-team quarterback.