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Oklahoman All-State football teams: The 3s

100 YEARS OF OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS — The first Oklahoman All-State team was published on Dec. 7, 1913. As we count down until the 100th team, we take a look back at the teams from each year ending in the number 3.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 17, 2012

North of the border

After a college career as an All-American at Oklahoma, Tulsa Washington 1963 all-stater Granville Liggins went on to a long career in the Canadian Football League. Liggins helped the Calgary Stampeders win the 1971 Grey Cup before being traded to Toronto in 1973 and winning team MVP honors for the Argonauts in 1976. Liggins remained in Canada after his playing career and lives in the Toronto area.

Claphan goes on to star

Sam Claphan wasn't the lineman of the year in 1973 after starting on both sides and averaging seven unassisted tackles per game for Stilwell, but he went on to have the best career. Claphan played in 87 games over seven seasons with the Chargers after being drafted, then released, by Cleveland. After his playing career, Claphan was an assistant coach at Carl Albert before going back to Stilwell as an assistant. He eventually took over as head coach. Claphan died in 2001 at age 45.

Kicking it

Purcell's Kelly Nemecek set a then-national record with 18 field goals in 1983, and his 31 career field goals were second nationally. Heritage Hall's Jimmy Stevens is the current record-holder with 50 career field goals and is second with 22 field goals in 2005.

Family lineage

In 1993, Travis Hartfield was an all-stater at linebacker. He was more well-known for his offensive exploits, though. He threw for more than 1,600 yards and ran for more than 1,000, combining for 43 touchdowns and helping Watonga to the Class 2A title. This season, Hartfield's nephew, also named Travis Hartfield, threw for around 1,500 yards and ran for more than 1,100 in helping Watonga to the Class A playoffs.

NFL experience

Four players from the 2003 team went on to see regular-season action in the NFL, playing a combined 184 games entering Sunday. Kingfisher's Curtis Lofton leads the way with 73 while Bethany's Chris Chamberlain has played 59, Edmond Santa Fe's Reggie Smith 45 and Jenks' Phillip Dillard 7.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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