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  • Photo by Greg Patterson

    Deion Sanders instructs Brandon Martin Friday night.

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

    Photo by Greg Patterson

    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.
    Photo by Greg Patterson

    Deion Sanders, Prime Prep

    Photo by Greg Patterson

    Deion Sanders, Prime Prep

    Photo by Greg Patterson

    Deion Sanders, Prime Prep

    Photo by Greg Patterson

    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.
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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.