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  • Video: Brey Walker Freshman Highlights
    Watch 6-foot-5, 300-pound freshman lineman dominate.

    Brey Walker, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound freshman offensive lineman from Southmoore (Moore, Okla.), picked up an offer from Oklahoma State today, according to a report from the Tulsa World.

    It is the first scholarship offer for the ninth-grader, who took home MaxPreps Freshman All-American honors in 2014.

    "He's just a huge body," Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark told the Tulsa World on Monday. "Big dude. It's hard to find guys like that that move well."

    Only one prediction is in thus far for Walker's 247Sports Crystal Ball, and it pegs the Class of 2018 offensive lineman to Oklahoma.

    Needless to say, there is still a staggering amount of time left before Walker can sign his National Letter of Intent.
  • Mason Fine of Locust Grove (Okla.) broke the Oklahoma state record for touchdown passes in a season last week, but there are likely more record-breaking efforts to come before Fine's career is over.
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    Mason Fine, Locust Grove

    According to the Oklahoma City Oklahoman, Fine broke the record of Austin Brooks of Oklahoma Christian, who threw 54 touchdown passes in 2013. Fine's 55 touchdown passes currently ranks second in the nation behind Jake Browning of Folsom (Calif.), who has 56.

    With 3,679 yards on the season, Fine is also within striking distance of the single-season yardage mark of 3,916, set by Hunter Eubank of Lindsay in 2011.

    Fine also has a shot at the career passing yardage record held by L.T. Pfaff of Atoka (2007-10). Pfaff had 11,357 career yards while Fine, a junior, has 7,503 yards.

    Locust Grove is 10-0 on the season and plays Spiro in the first round of the playoffs this week.
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    Deion Sanders instructs Brandon Martin Friday night.

    Deion Sanders had to watch with a little pride, and a little frustration.

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    Deion Sanders, Prime Prep

    Back-to-back interceptions for touchdowns late in the fourth quarter led host Lawton (Okla.) to a 41-26 win over Sanders' Prime Prep (Dallas) on Friday night.

    The pick-six is what Sanders did best in his 14-year NFL career, but these must have been hard to watch.

    Both occurred in a matter of 35 seconds, according to Lawton Constitution, as Levi Cain and Chris Bishop scored touchdowns.

    Sanders, who started the school and helps coach Prime Prep (see photo), returned nine of his 53 NFL interceptions for touchdowns. He also is the only athlete in history to hit a major league home run and score an NFL touchdown the same week, and to play in a Super Bowl and World Series.

    Lawton (7-1) won its seventh straight while Prime Prep had its four-game win streak snapped and dropped to 5-2. The Spartans, who got a 35-yard touchdown run by Alize Ward and superb line play by Jay Goodson on Friday, went 7-2 last season.
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    Deion Sanders, Prime Prep

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    Deion Sanders, Prime Prep

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    Deion Sanders, Prime Prep

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    Deion Sanders shakes hands with Lawton's Admural Majors.

  • Lawton (Lawton, Okla.) kicker Caitlyn Cox has been just waiting for her chance. Extra points are cool and important. But a field goal — from distance — that's the test of any kicker.

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    Caitlyn Cox, Lawton

    The junior made the most of her first try last week, drilling a 42-yarder during a 72-27 win over Eisenhower (Lawton). It was six yards short of the national female record of 48 yards held by Heidi Garrett of King (Riverside, Calif.) in 2004.

    "It was a real big thrill for us because she's such a great gal," Lawton coach Randy Breeze told "She nailed it."

    Breeze said he won't hesitate to use Cox in any game or situation. She's made 30 extra points this season.

    "We've got the world of confidence in her," Breeze said. "This is not a gimmick."

    Female kickers aren't terribly unusual in the prep world.

    MaxPreps senior writer Kevin Askeland noted that in 2012 at least 50 female athletes scored at least one point in football games.

    He then listed the top 10 female kickers in high school history, starting with Garrett, who had 112 career points, nine field goals and 58 straight extra points.

    She went on to play soccer at UC Riverside and in the Women's Premier Soccer League.
  • Washington (Okla.) senior Brock Harmon set a national record on Oct. 11 when he returned three different interceptions for touchdowns in one quarter during a 57-14 win over Hinton.

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    According to The Oklahoman, Harmon returned interceptions 31, 42 and 32 yards for touchdowns in the first quarter to become the first player to accomplish the feat in a game.

    “It's pretty cool to do something like that,” Harmon told the newspaper after the National Federation of State High School Associations affirmed the record. “I feel like it's gone under the radar, but that's kind of how we want things around here.

    “I couldn't have done it without the guys blocking in front of me. My name goes in the record books, but it's a team accomplishment. Also, not to brag or anything, but it shows people how good our secondary is. We think we're one of the best in the state.”

    His coach, Brad Beller, told The Oklahoman, “When someone's having a good game, like Brock was, you do start to think, ‘How many people have ever done that? When the third one happened, that's when we knew he had really done something special. Still, you definitely don't ever think about it being a national record or anything.”

  • When you can beat ‘em, join them anyway.

    That was the spirit displayed by fans of Lincoln Christian’s football team, who switched seats to get a new point of view while supporting struggling Justice Wilson SeeWorth Academy (Oklahoma City) on Friday night.

    According to, Lincoln Christian (Tulsa) has built a mini dynasty in Oklahoma and recorded a 53-13 record over the last five seasons. On the other hand, Seeworth, a charter school that serves underprivileged and at-risk kids, barely can field a team.

    It forfeited its first game due to a lack of players.

    On Friday, hundreds of Lincoln Christian fans switched sides to sit with the visitors. They cheered on both teams' effort and spirited play. Some even made Seeworth Academy signs.

    Lincoln Christian won the game 56-0, but few will remember the final score or who even won.

    “A lot of these kids really don’t know what the playoff experience is like, and this is about as close as they may ever get to it,” said Seeworth Academy coach Robert Walker. “We’ll remember this long after the season is over.”

    Said Ethan Vanse, a Lincoln Christian campus pastor: “Life isn’t about what you take; it’s about what you give.”
  • The most important thing is that they are all alive. But 19 members of the Southmoore (Moore, Okla.) football team are without homes following the deadly EF-5 tornado that struck the region in Moore and Oklahoma City on Monday.

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    Southmoore junior Pierce Spead

    Southmoore was planning on holding an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday to help raise funds for the tornado victims. But according to, conditions of the roads and other hazards caused the coaching staff to cancel.

    The team has raised funds through its website –

    The tornado claimed at least 24 lives and injured 377 according to the latest reports.

    In other prep sports news around the region concerning the tornado.

    * Bishop McGuinness (Oklahoma City) football coach Justin Jones, who lost his home in the region's 1999 tornado, made a spring football game Friday a benefit for victims of Monday's tornado. Jones has led a drive from McGuinness that sent a truck load of donations. The Oklahoma Athletic Trainers' Association has also been heavily involved, according to

    * The community has come to the aid of Owasso Hall of Fame basketball coach Dub Raper, whose family lost its home in the tornado. Raper, who was known for his tough exterior, was a humanitarian on the inside during his coaching days.

    Now, according to this story, others are giving back. He received 37 phone calls alone on Wednesday.
  • Summit Christian Academy (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has adapted quickly - and quite well - to its first year of 11-man football, according to a report in the Broken Arrow Ledger.

    The Eagles already are establishing a reputation for major comebacks and their last game was no exception as they overcame a two-touchdown deficit to outlast Porter (Okla.) in a wild 58-51 finish. The victory raised their record to a perfect 6-0.

    Sophomore quarterback Cameron Gilbert was the catalyst as he completed 31 of 48 passes for a school-record 527 yards and six touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder also was responsible for five two-point conversions and made 12 tackles.

    It wasn't easy, however, as Porter star Jacob Richardson did everything within his power to post a homecoming victory. The 6-0, 180-pound senior rushed for 353 yards and six touchdowns.

    The high-scoring contest was not decided until junior Jeremy Pelotte made an interception at his goal line with less than a minute remaining.

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    Oklahoma recruit D.J. Ward is switching high schools from Lawton to Douglass because of his father's job. Ward is ranked as the No. 4 defensive end nationally.

    The top football recruit in the Sooner State will be wearing a new uniform this season, and we are guessing Douglass (Oklahoma City) head coach Willis Alexander might be the happiest person in the state.

    D.J. Ward, who already has committed to play at Oklahoma, is transferring from Lawton (Okla.) to Douglass for his senior season, according to The Oklahoman. Ward is ranked as the fourth-best defensive end nationally by MaxPreps.

    Ward is changing schools because his father, Demetrius Ward Sr., accepted a position at Douglass as a Junior ROTC instructor.

    "There's still some paperwork to get finished up but it's happening," the elder Ward told the newspaper. "He's moving on. We're moving to the city, and D.J. is moving with his parents."

    Ward, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end who had 11 sacks last season, told the newspaper he still is adjusting to the news.

    "It hasn't hit me yet," he said. "Things are just now starting to come into place."

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    Cody Thomas, Heritage

    Cody Thomas has verbally committed to Oklahoma, according to multiple reports.

    The 6-foot-5, 210-pound quarterback from Heritage (Colleyville, Texas) selected the Sooners over dozens of other offers from around the country.

    Thomas' stock soared after a junior season in which he completed 229 of 377 passes for 3,057 yards and 32 touchdowns, helping lead Heritage to a 9-2 record.

    He is a great pick-up for Oklahoma, which narrowly missed out on the nation's top quarterback, Max Browne, who chose USC.

    Given the success that the Sooners have had at developing players at that position recently, they were selective with which quarterbacks they pursued in this recruiting cycle.

    Thomas, the No. 4 signal caller in the class of 2013, fits Oklahoma's offense perfectly and gives Bob Stoops another future star at the position.

    He joins a class that features running backs Keith Ford and Greg Bryant, as well as defensive end D.J. Ward.

    Only four Top 100 quarterbacks remain uncommitted, led by Kevin Olsen, the nation's No. 5 quarterback, who is considering Miami, Auburn and Michigan State among others.