– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Every Sunday, OKPreps will take a look at the best performances from the previous week. We’ll narrow it down to five candidates and open it up so you can vote for the “Fan’s Favorite” Player Of The Week. You can vote as many times as you want for your pick and the voting will end at Noon on Wednesday. The winner will be crowned on Wednesday afternoon. The staff selection for the Bravado Wireless Player Of The Week will be made every Monday with a video feature of the winner coming out on Tuesday. Here’s a look at this week’s candidates.
CADE CAVENDER – ATHLETE
Bixby captured their fourth state championship in the last five years with a 34-13 win over Stillwater. Over the course of their title runs, Bixby has had guys step up in big ways. This year, it was senior Cade Cavender who saved his best for the last two wins. He started in the semifinal and finished in the title game. He ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Cavender was Bixby’s secret weapon and he excelled on Friday.
CARSON BERRYHILL – QUARTERBACK
Tuttle finished off the perfect season with a 35-28 win over Bethany to win the Class 4A state title. Leading the Tigers week in and week out was senior quarterback Carson Berryhill, who was flawless this season. Berryhill was on top of his game once again in their second win over Bethany this year. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more touchdowns in an absolute battle with Bethany junior QB Sammy Brandt.
CONNER CAREY – RUNNING BACK
Heritage Hall senior running back Conner Carey has been one of the absolute breakout stars this season. Not many were talking about Carey coming into the 2018 season and it didn’t take long for him to become a household name. As the Chargers rolled to another state title in a 50-14 win over Sulphur, Carey rolled once again. The Charger senior ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 61 yards and one touchdown.
TJ AUSTIN – RUNNING BACK
Beggs advanced to their second straight state championship with a 33-28 win over Metro Christian. Last year, they were playing for 3A gold. This year, they’ll face off with district foe Sperry in a rematch of their district title game in week ten. This time, it’s the state title that’s on the line. In their win over Metro, running back TJ Austin was outstanding. He ran for 262 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. His third touchdown was the game-winner.
ZACH HALE – QUARTERBACK/DEFENSIVE BACK
Christian Heritage standout Zach Hale has had one of the more complete seasons this season and he’s elevated his game to a completely new level during this playoff run. Christian Heritage advanced to the Class A state title game with a 34-13 win over Rejoice Christian. The Crusaders were led again by their breakout star. Hale finished with three passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and one interception on defense.