A very early best on offense
Jun. 17—Summertime prides and group camps are going on and it’s still simply under 3 months from season openers, however the location’s finest started emerging in 2015.
With the complete summer season preparation back after a COVID-19 filled year, this list will grow by the time the Phoenix’s Pigskin Sneak peek comes out in late August.
An early take a look at the offending standouts follow.
—Luke Adcock, Jr., Eufaula: The All-Phoenix 6-3, 205-pounder tossed for 2,170 lawns and 22 goals a year ago in leading the Ironheads to a 10-3 record and 3A quarterfinal area. An included plus, he has among the location’s leading receivers back (see listed below).
—Geral Washington, Sr., Midway: The Chargers were struck hard by graduation after reaching the Class C quarterfinals at 10-1. However they have the 5-10, 175 pound existing Little School Offensive Gamer of the Year back under brand-new coach Steve Corn. Washington threw for 1,638 yards.
—Zane Craighead, Sr., Gore: In nine games with a heavy underclassman team, the 6-1, 180 Craighead rushed for 682 yards and threw for 1,040. All his weapons are a year older.
—Jake Vernnon, Sr., Checotah: Had 1,126 yards passing.
—Cole Mahaney, Jr. Fort Gibson: The junior will have experienced receivers and a faster unit in what will be his third season as a starter coming off a 1,385-yard campaign. Expect him to use his feet a little more this year — had had just 176 yards on the ground last year.
—Dontierre Fisher, Sr., Checotah: Fisher averaged 127 yards per game in a 1,402-yard season. A very good line is mostly back. Fisher, who is offered by Iowa State, Kansas, North Texas, Memphis and Nebraska at this point. Made All-Phoenix and was Newcomer of Year as a freshman.
—Eric Virgil, Jr., Hilldale: Had 1,502 yards and 16 touchdowns for the 4A quarterfinalist Hornets. He missed two games due to COVID tracing. Made All-Phoenix.
Mason Jim, Sr., Warner: Coming off a 1,304-yard season, Jim will be a useful weapon for brand-new Eagles coach Rafe Watkins.
—Gunnar Dozier, Sr., Gore: In nine games, this 6-1, 185-pound Pirate ran for 1,217 yards. Made All-Phoenix.
—Khelil Deere, Sr., Eufaula: The All-Phoenix Deere (5-10, 170) led all area receivers with 53 catches for 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns.
—Logan Harper, Jr., Hilldale: The 6-3, 177-pound junior had 463 yards on 28 catches last year.
—Brayson Lawson. Jr., Hilldale. A three-way impact player whose numbers will increase with the graduation of Dylan Walker, the second leading area receiver last year. Lawson (5-11, 187) had 339 yards on 18 receptions with four touchdowns.
—Hunter Branch, Jr., Fort Gibson: At 6-2, 155, he had 353 yards on 31 catches and seems set for a busier 2021.
—Jayden Bell, Jr., Muskogee: A guy who showed some promise last year with an undeveloped quarterback should be one who thrives in Chris Risenhoover’s spread offense.
—Ty Dodd, C, 6-5, 300, Jr. Eufaula. All-Phoenix two consecutive years, Dodd (6-5, 300) graded out 92 percent with 26 pancakes.
—Omarion Warrior, Sr., Checotah: At 6-4, 290, he graded out 87 percent with five pancake blocks as a tackle. He’s also got a 3.6 GPA. All-Phoenix a year ago.
—Evan Keefe, Jr., Hilldale: At 6-3, 246, Keefe placed sixth at state at 275 and also tossed in track.
—Brody Rainbolt, Sr., Fort Gibson: The 6-4, 240 Rainbolt graded B-plus, tops among Tiger linemen and is a multi-year starter.
—Kyler Pouncil, Sr., Checotah: The guard is 5-8, 240 and graded out 85 percent last year.
—Jamaal Riggs, 5-10, 275, Wagoner: Started all 16 games last season. There’s only one other starter returning for the defending 4A champs.
—Ethan Muehlenweg, Wagoner: Was 72 of 74 on PATs and 3 of 7 on field goals with a longest of 37 lawns.
—Jaxson Whittiker, Sr., Hilldale: Was 52 of 56 on extra points last year and 4 of 7 on field goals, the longest of 26 lawns.
—Jaxon Purdue, Sr., Fort Gibson: Was 25 of 27 on extra points and 3 of 6 on field goals, his longest of 37 lawns.
—Brayson Lawson, Sr., Hilldale: Averaged 29.6 on kick returns and 19.0 on punts.
Keep an eye on
—Risenhoover’s offensive makeover at Muskogee. There’s youth at a lot of positions and three competing at quarterback. But the potential, and reputation, are there. Stigler produced 4 All-Phoenix large school offensive players of the year.
—Gabe Rodriguez, Jr., Wagoner: He’ll take over as starter of an offense with no returning starters. But it’s Wagoner, and Rodriguez is the younger brother of three-time state champ Malcolm Rodriguez and his oldest brother Roman, who was likewise an All-Phoenix MVP.
—And there will be others.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.