– 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 and a look at previous posts, check it out at the bottom of this post. We continue things today with the announcement of the 2017 OKPreps Player Of The Year. Later in the day, we’ll announce the first ever OKPreps Coach Of The Year.
2017 OKPreps Player Of The Year
Quarterback/Safety – Afton
Afton senior quarterback and safety Wil Amos was a strong contender for the OKPreps Player Of The Year award as his team entered the playoffs. Over the five week stretch in November and December, Amos became the runaway leader to win the award after taking his game to another level. He capped it off with the best performance of his career in Afton’s state championship victory over Crescent. Several things go into deciding who wins the OKPreps Player Of The Year. Importance to the team, strong stats and team success. Amos checked off all three with high marks.
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 title game performances in state history. He didn’t just have 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.
His 3,247 yards are the sixth most yards in a single season in state history. He would bring defenses in to defend his dynamic running ability and that’s when he would beat them with the pass. For the year, he accounted for over 4,500 yards of total offense and 61 total touchdowns. In Afton’s championship victory over Crescent, Amos had the game of his life. He finished with over 400 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in their blowout victory. He had not one, but two touchdown runs of 90 or more yards. He also had an interception and fumble recovery on defense.
In addition to all the offensive numbers that Amos was able to put up this season, he also was the best player on Afton’s defense. He had countless tackles and forced multiple turnovers all season. The single most impressive thing about Amos’ season is his ironman ability. Amos played nearly every snap as the Eagles made their championship run. Playing small school football in Class A, a lot of players have to play both ways and have to play nearly every play. However, nobody did it at the consistent level that we saw from Amos this season.
Player Of The Year History
2016: Brandon George – Jones
2015: Micah Wilson – Lincoln Christian
2014: Mason Fine – Locust Grove
December 18: 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
Today: OKPreps Player Of The Year & Coach Of The Year
December 25: OKPreps Fan’s Favorite & Career Achievement Award