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Linebacker – Bixby
Bixby linebacker Coby Tillman has had one of the more successful careers at linebacker in recent memory. He capped off a stellar career with his best year to date. He finished his senior season with 200 tackles and 13 sacks. He also became a valuable part of Bixby’s offense. In short yard situations, Tillman would come in to get a first down or a touchdown. And he got several touchdowns. He finished this year with seven touchdowns. Tillman has been a critical part of Bixby’s success in his four years. He won three state championships and made it to another.
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back – Holland Hall
Holland Hall standout Corbin Daniels very quickly became a breakout star this season. While he might not have been on everyone’s radar back in August, it didn’t take long for him to be considered one of the better players in 2A football this season. Daniels did just about everything except for sell popcorn at halftime. On offense, he caught 40 passes for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, he finished with 110 tackles and was arguably the best ball hawk with 13 interceptions. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns and a punt for another TD.
Running Back – John Marshall
John Marshall running back Devonte Lee is a finalist for the OKPreps Player Of The Year award for the second straight year. While he didn’t put up the monstrous numbers we saw from him as a junior, he still was among the best running backs in the state. Lee was limited this year with an injury but still ran for more than 2,000 yards on the season. He finished with 169 carries for 2,163 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also helped carry John Marshall to their first state championship in over two decades. He hit 2,000 yards for the second straight year.
Lineman – Millwood
You could have picked several players off this year’s Millwood team as a deserving candidate for Player Of The Year. We went with the foundation of this dominant Falcon team over the last two seasons. Israel Antwine was a solid force on the offensive and defensive lines for the Falcons. On offense, he helped the Falcons average more than 50 points per game this year. Defensively, Antwine was one of the more disruptive players, consistently seeing double and even triple teams to keep him out of opposing backfields. A completely dominant player.
JASON TAYLOR II
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back – Carl Albert
Carl Albert’s Jason Taylor II and his Titan teammates did something that’s never been done at Carl Albert. They went undefeated. That’s crazy to think with all the state titles the Titans have collected. However, Taylor and the 2017 Titans were the first to accomplish that. Taylor was a huge reason why and had an impact on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. On offense, Taylor caught 42 passes for nearly 800 yards and 14 touchdowns. On defense, Taylor was a menace to opposing quarterbacks, finishing with nine interception on the season.
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back – Owasso
Similar to Antwine and Millwood, we could have picked several worthy candidates from Owasso. The Rams won the state championship, ending the 21-year streak of either Jenks or Union winning it all. On a team full of stars, one has stood out from the start. Josh Proctor showed why he’s an All American all season as he did whatever was needed of him. Whether it was catching or running the ball on offense, or being the captain of a stingy and fast Ram defense, Proctor also made a serious case to be the top overall recruit in Oklahoma’s 2018 class.
Running Back – Lawton
Lawton junior running back Miles Davis made his name known very quickly. Replacing Tre Curry at running back, Davis had a breakout game in week one against Carl Albert. He ran for more than 300 yards against the Titans. Davis kept that going all season and became one of the top running backs in the state. He finished with just over 300 carries for 2,383 yards and 32 touchdowns. Davis also accomplished something that no other running back in the state was able to do. He ran for more than 100 yards on Booker T Washington’s stingy defense.
Running Back – Sand Springs
Sand Springs running back Payton Scott might get overlooked because of his size but overlooking Scott became a big mistake for opponents this season. Scott was a workhorse for the Sandite offense and helped get Sand Springs back into the playoffs. Scott finished with 342 carries on the year and he ran for 2,597 yards and 33 touchdowns. Scott might also have the best individual performance in a game this year. In a week nine victory over Bartlesville, Scott ran the ball 42 times and finished with 507 yards and seven touchdowns in the win.
Quarterback – Midwest City
Midwest City quarterback Preston Colbert, along with Davis from Lawton, are the only juniors to be named finalists. Colbert’s jump from his sophomore to junior year was something that nobody saw coming. Colbert became one of the more efficient passers in the state and made Midwest City’s offense a deadly one. He threw for 3,278 and 36 touchdowns while completing an astonishing 77% of his passes. He also finished with over 800 yards rushing on the ground and 14 touchdowns. He led the Bombers to their first semifinal since the 6A split.
Quarterback/Defensive Back – Afton
What didn’t Afton’s Wil Amos do this year? His championship performance, delivering the school’s first ever title, will go down as one of the best in state history. He didn’t just one good game either. He had a great season. After running for more than 2,000 yards last year, he stepped up his game this year. He became the 11th player in state history with more than 3,000 yards in a season. He finished with 3,247 yards and 45 touchdowns on the ground. He also threw for 1,269 yards and 16 touchdowns. He played nearly every play in Afton’s 14-0 season.