– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
The 2017 football season is in the books and it was a great one. It’s time to start recognizing some of the great individual performances we saw throughout the season. It’s time for Awards Week here on OKPreps. Throughout the week, we’ll have different posts recognizing the best of the best. For the complete schedule, check it out at the bottom of this post. We kick things off by taking a look at the best player in each class!
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 – 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.
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.
Quarterback – Newcastle
He threw for over 3,200 yards and 37 touchdowns on the season and also added over 850 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground. Thompson’s best game was in a shootout loss to Elk City. He threw for nearly 600 yards and 9 touchdowns as Newcastle put up 70 points but gave up 84 in the loss. For his career, Thompson nearly threw for 10,000 yards, he ran for over 3,000 yards and he was a touchdown machine. He finished with 107 touchdowns passing and 47 touchdowns on the ground. No other player in state history has accounted for that much total offense.
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.
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.
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.
Running Back – Depew
Week after week, one of the top offenses in the state was Depew. And week after week, we saw video game-like numbers from their running back. Senior standout Steven Quinones was one of the best players in the state, regardless of class. He dominated Class B and put up some monstrous numbers. He finished with a little over 200 carries on the season and nearly 2,500 yards. He averaged around 13 yards every time he carried the ball. He also led the state with 41 touchdowns on the ground. He was also a standout on defense, but it’s the offense that gets him the nod here.
Today: Class By Class Player Of The Year
December 19: Breakout Stars
December 21: Most Improved Player
December 22: OKPreps All State 1st Team
December 23: Complete All State Team
December 24: OKPreps Player Of The Year & Coach Of The Year
December 25: OKPreps Fan’s Favorite & Career Achievement Award