We highlight five area players who are making a big impact this season after not being included in the All-World preseason position rankings or yet having made an appearance in the All-World overall top 10.
Broken Arrow, LB
After being used at quarterback and receiver in the previous two seasons, the senior has found his niche on defense. The two-time state wrestling champion leads the Class 6A No. 1 Tigers with 59 tackles, including 13 for losses. Helped set the tone for the Tigers’ season with 15 tackles with five for losses, including a safety in the opener against Union. Last week, his deflection of a pass led to Zach Marcheselli’s interception that set up a touchdown.
Metro Christian, RB
Senior has 96 carries for 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Patriots, who are 5-1 and ranked No. 9 in 2A as they have rebounded from last year’s 4-6 season. Averages 10.7 yards per carry. Also has 12 catches for 99 yards and a TD. Rushed for 318 yards and four TDs against Oklahoma Christian School. Set the tone for a win over Holland Hall with an 80-yard run on the opening play. He intercepted two passes in a win over 4A No. 8 Broken Bow. Last year, he rushed for 567 yards, caught 38 passes and had 12 TDs.
He has led the Indians to a 5-1 record and No. 4 ranking in 4A. He’s a quarterback who produces yardage primarily on the ground with 89 carries for 1,157 yards (13 yards per carry) and eight TDs. Queen, whose favorite athlete is Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz, has only thrown 21 passes — with two TDs. He had 16 rushes for 370 yards and three TDs in a 48-20 win at Coweta. Last year, he rushed for 616 yards and nine TDs and passed for 715 yards and five TDs.
Junior has sparked the 6AII No. 6 Chieftains to a 5-1 record going into their game against No. 3 Booker T. Washington on Friday. He has produced 112 points in the past two weeks as he has accounted for 381 yards and 11 TDs. He has completed 49-of-84 passes for 894 yards and seven TDs. On the ground, he has 77 carries for 583 yards and 11 TDs. Last year, he passed for 752 yards, rushed for 428 and accounted for nine TDs.
Victory Christian, QB
Moved to Victory last fall after starting his junior season at Sapulpa. In his first season as a starter, he is flourishing in new head coach Dub Maddox’s offense as he has completed 62-of-110 passes for 1,498 yards and 20 TDs with only one interception. Williams, whose favorite athlete is Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota, is continuing Victory’s tradition of outstanding QBs that includes Keats Calhoon and RJ Wakley over the previous six seasons. The Conquerors are 6-0 and ranked No. 5 in 2A going into Friday’s showdown at No. 2 Beggs.