OKPreps Midseason Report

OKPreps Midseason Report

OKPreps Midseason Report

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– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT

This might sound crazy but we’re in week six and halfway thru the 2018 regular season. It feels just like yesterday we were previewing the 2018 campaign. We’ll blink and look up and the playoffs will be getting closer and about to start. But for now, let’s take a look back at the first half of the season in each class and put a spotlight on the best players and teams after the first five to six weeks.

CLASS 6A-D1

Team To Beat
Broken Arrow Tigers

Line them up and knock them down. That could be the motto for this year’s Broken Arrow team, both figuratively and literally. The Tigers have had an unstoppable running game that has paired up nicely with a shutdown defense. And the Tigers have not only started 5-0, they’re 5-0 after playing one of the toughest schedules. They’ve beaten Jenks, Owasso and Union by a combined 65 points. The Tigers have passed every test with flying colors. The Tigers are without a doubt the number one team in the state right now. The only question is whether or not they’ll finish the year as the top team, with the school’s first state title.

Player Of The Year
Noah Cortes – RB – Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow has been a train that hasn’t been slowed down or knocked off the tracks all season. Leading the way for this runaway locomotive is senior running back Noah Cortes. While he would be the first one to say that he’s running behind one of the best offensive lines in the state, it’s not just the O-Line that has led to his success. He has been the most consistent player week in and week out for a Broken Arrow team that appears to be title bound at this point. He’s had at least two touchdowns in every game this season and broke the school record with six TD’s in a win over Norman.

Breakout Star
Tyler Travis – RB – Edmond Santa Fe

If you’re looking for a team out west to possibly throw a wrench into the plans of Broken Arrow or any of the regular Tulsa-area powers, look at Edmond Santa Fe. The Wolves are off to a terrific start and their balanced offense has been a tough one to stop. A big reason behind that has been the play from transfer running back Tyler Travis. The junior came over from Bishop McGuinness and has had an immediate impact on this Santa Fe team. His ability in the backfield only opens things up for quarterback Kanan Hansen, who has been one of the top QB’s in the OKC area after five weeks.


CLASS 6A-D2

Team To Beat
Stillwater Pioneers

Similar to Broken Arrow in 6A-D1, Stillwater has been nothing short of dominant after five games in 6A-D2. The Pioneers haven’t had any close calls as the majority of their games have been decided by halftime or early on in the second half. The Pioneers’ balanced offense with quarterback Gunnar Gundy, running back Qwontrel Walker and wide receiver Anthony Bland are going to be tough to slow down. However, the Pioneers have a tough schedule over the next month. They have back to back road games with Choctaw and Lawton and finish the season at Del City in week ten.

Player Of The Year
Jeff Foreman – WR/DB – Del City

Del City’s Jeff Foreman is one of the top recruits in Oklahoma’s 2019 class and he’s shown why on the football field after five games. The senior playmaker was an All State selection last year after putting up big numbers as a receiver and a defensive back. He picked up right where he left off coming into this season. Every time Foreman steps on the field, he’s the best player on the field. Foreman is currently committed to Arkansas State. If that commitment holds and he signs with the Red Wolves, they will be getting an absolute steal with one of the top playmakers in Oklahoma.

Breakout Star
DeAndre Young – RB – Bartlesville

Bartlesville is going to end up being a borderline playoff team in Lee Blankenship’s first season at the helm. The Bruins have taken advantage of running back DeAndre Young’s breakout season. He’s put up some decent numbers over the last few years but this year, he’s reaching a completely new level. Young is one of a handful of players who have already eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards on the season. If Young continues to have success running the football, Bartlesville might find themselves in a hunt for one of the playoff spots.


CLASS 5A

Team To Beat
Carl Albert Titans

Two-time defending champion Carl Albert is still in the top spot in Class 5A but have certainly been tested already. They beat rivals Midwest City and Del City but also suffered a loss. They lost star running back Dadrion “Rabbit” Taylor during non-district play. However, Taylor is expected to return to the field at any point now for the Titans. While some things don’t change as Carl Albert is still the favorite, other things have changed in the 5A race. Ardmore and Collinsville both appear to be serious threats to Carl Albert’s potential three-peat. However, right now, edge goes to the Titans.

Player Of The Year
Tero Roberts – QB/DB – Ardmore

We mentioned Ardmore as one of those serious threats to upend Carl Albert and possibly bring home a state championship. The Tigers have what it takes to be that team to knock off the Titans down the line. One major reason behind that is the best kept secret in Oklahoma, Tero Roberts. The quarterback of the Ardmore option attack is the perfect athlete in their unique offense. He controls the game and has the ability to break off a big run at any moment. Roberts also has the ability to change the game on the defensive side of the ball as well, making him a must watch player.

Breakout Star
Dae Dae Leathers – RB – Tahlequah

Without a doubt the breakout star of the 2018 season in 5A football has to be Tahlequah junior running back Dae Dae Leathers. First off, he has one of the best names in high school football this year. Secondly, the stats. He has put up some stats. After seeing limited time last year, Leathers has exploded this season. He’s already eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season and reached the end zone 12 times. Leathers is a big reason why the Tigers went on the road and scored a huge win over Skiatook last week. They’ll look for a second straight big game from him as they host Collinsville on Friday.


CLASS 4A

Team To Beat
Poteau Pirates

They were our team to beat back in August when we put out the Class 4A Preview and we’re sticking with the Pirates. Poteau hasn’t given any reason to doubt them as one of the top teams in Class 4A. They’ve dominated their opponents with one of the best offensive units in the state. Coming into the season, the Pirates knew they had a special player in Easton Francis. However, quarterback Jett Pitchford is now comfortable in the offense and he has the numbers to show it. Poteau’s toughest tests are still in front of them, but it’s hard to imagine anyone slowing down this Pirate ship.

Player Of The Year
Sam Brandt – QB/DB – Bethany

Bethany is one of the top ranked teams in Class 4A and they could end up presenting a serious challenge to Poteau and some of the other 4A powers. And the big reason has to be the superb play of their quarterback and defensive back Sam Brandt. Just a junior, Brandt has consistently gotten better throughout his career. He has put up video game-like numbers as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in Oklahoma this season. He also has an impact on the defensive side of the ball. Brandt is on pace to throw for 20+ touchdowns and also run for 20+ touchdowns.

Breakout Star
Daniel Queen – QB – Catoosa

Catoosa came into this season believing that they had one of the top rushing attacks in the state. That has certainly been the case as the Indians are 4-1 and have put up some of the best rushing stats in Oklahoma. Coming into this year, running back Jose Ortiz was expected to be the main guy in the Catoosa backfield. However, quarterback Daniel Queen has been everything the Indians could have hoped for in this rush-first offense. Queen has already totaled up nearly 1,000 yards on the ground. Depending on how far Catoosa goes, Queen and Ortiz could both end up with well over 3,000 combined yards.


CLASS 3A

Team To Beat
Heritage Hall Chargers

Heritage Hall won the 4A title a year ago and the Chargers dropped down to 3A and immediately became the team to beat. Nothing has changed as the Chargers are still the top team in Class 3A. Despite a season-opening loss to Millwood, the Chargers still appear to be the best team in 3A football. The Chargers will be well tested by the time the playoffs are here. They’re in one of the toughest districts in Oklahoma. They already have a few marquee wins this year. They beat Clinton and John Marshall already. They also have a future district clash with Kingfisher coming up soon.

Player Of The Year
Trey Kiser – RB – Sulphur

Before the season started, we highlighted Sulphur running back Trey Kiser as one of the most underrated players in the state. He shouldn’t be underrated now as he’s been an absolute playmaker week in and week out for the Sulphur Bulldogs. If Kiser puts up the same numbers in the final five games as he had in the first five, he’ll go into the playoffs with an eye-popping 40 touchdowns on the ground. Not to mention the damage he could do in the playoffs. While it isn’t likely that Kiser will keep up his current pace, it probably isn’t smart to bet against the dynamic runner.

Breakout Star
Cameron Gunville – RB – Seminole

Seminole is without a doubt one of the very serious contenders to possibly knocking off Heritage Hall in the playoffs. The Chieftains are unbeaten and impressed last week with a dominant win over Lincoln Christian in a top five battle. Junior running back Cameron Gunville has given Seminole a balanced offense to go along with veteran quarterback Cade Hammond. Gunville put up his best numbers of the year in their win over Lincoln Christian. Seminole is looking not only for a state championship, but seven more wins would give head coach Mike Snyder the state record for career wins.


CLASS 2A

Team To Beat
Millwood Falcons

Millwood came into this season as back to back state champions and have now won 33 consecutive games heading into week six. As we reach the halfway point of this season, it’s hard to put another team in this spot as the team to beat. However, we believe that another team could end up bringing home the gold ball. Class 2A is incredibly deep and talented this year and the Falcons have not been invincible like we saw from them a year ago. The path to another state championship will have more bumps this year. But for now, you have to have the Falcons as the team to beat in 2A.

Player Of The Year
Daniel Howard – QB/DB – Millwood

Millwood has legitimate star power this season with Demariyon Hosuton and Marcus Major both being national recruited prospects However, it’s been the play from quarterback and defensive back Daniel Howard that has kept the Falcons on track towards a potential three-peat. Howard, in our opinion, is perhaps the most versatile athlete in Oklahoma this season and he’s shown that already this season. Every time Howard takes the snap, you have to be concerned he’ll take off and make a big play. If he becomes a more consistent passer, this offense will be nearly impossible to slow down.

Breakout Star
Ryan Johnson – RB – Metro Christian

Metro Christian has a long line of successful quarterbacks and they’ve become known for their ability to plug in a new signal caller and not miss a beat. However, the Patriots are one of Class 2A’s team behind the emergence of dynamic running back Ryan Johnson. Don’t be mistaken, Metro will still run that spread offense where they’ll line up in the shotgun with four wide receivers. However, now defenses have to be aware of Johnson taking a handoff and going the distance. Johnson has put up big numbers already and his presence makes the playaction pass deadly in this Metro offense.


CLASS A

Team To Beat
Cashion Wildcats

Class A is always one of the more unpredictable classes year in and year out. In August, we gave the stat about how Class A has had ten different schools winning the last ten state championships. Class A has been wide open for the last decade and this year is no different. However, as we’ve reached the halfway point, we’re giving the slightest of edges to Cashion. The Wildcats routinely have one of the best offenses in the state and this year is no different. However, the defense has been stout so far this season. If the Wildcats can navigate their brutal district, they’ll head into the playoffs on a roll.

Co-Players Of The Year
Andrew Crow – RB/DB – Rejoice Christian
Jacob Bruce – RB – Hulbert

So yeah, we’re not the biggest fans of ties but we’re not about to pick one of these guys over the other right now. Hulbert’s Jacob Bruce has been his usual unstoppable self as he continues to climb up Oklahoma’s all time rushing list. Bruce has already ran for over 1,200 yards and is getting closer to 7,000 career rushing yards. The list of guys who have done that is incredibly short. Bruce would be joining a very exclusive club. And at this point, it’s not a matter of if, but when he eclipses 7,000. The one question you could start asking is whether or not he has a shot to reach 8,000 yards. Something that hasn’t been done by a running back in two decades.

Rejoice Christian’s Andrew Crow doesn’t have the record-breaking career numbers that Bruce has but he continues to put up big numbers for a Rejoice team that is a legitimate state championship contender. It seems like every week Crow is unstoppable on offense and also comes away with a turnover or two on the defensive side of the ball. Not to mention that the Eagles have been blowing teams out. So Crow has only had a game or two where he’s played legitimate minutes after halftime. By the end of the season, one of these guys will separate and we won’t have another tie. But for now, you gotta respect the greatness from both standout athletes.

Breakout Star
Grant Elerick – QB – Stroud

Stroud has been one of the pleasant surprises in Class A this year with one of the top scoring offenses in the state. Leading the way on offense has been junior quarterback Grant Elerick. The junior gunslinger is one of the more accurate passers after the first half of the season. He’s completing nearly 70% of his passes and has already matched his touchdown passes from his sophomore season a year ago. We’ve mentioned that Class A has always been a class that is routinely unpredictable. Elerick and Stroud could end up crashing the party in November with a deep playoff run.

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