Broken Arrow Tigers
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Record: 12-0 | Rank: 1
OSSAA State Championship at University of Tulsa
OSSAA Semifinals at University of Tulsa
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| Ben Johnson
The high school football season can’t come to a close until awards are handed out. Over the next week, Skordle will issue its first All-State football teams for large and small schools.
The large schools consist of teams in Classes 6AI through 4A. Small schools included every team from Class 3A through Class C. There are also Player of the Year, Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP named for each individual class.
The teams were chosen by those who covered high school football for Skordle all year long: Michael Swisher, Whitt Carter and Ben Johnson.
So let’s get to it. Here is your large school All-State team and class superlatives…
Player of the Year: NOAH CORTES (Broken Arrow) - Running behind the Tigers’ massive offensive line, Cortes rushed straight into the Broken Arrow record books during his senior season. The 6-foot, 205-pound tailback compiled 1,958 yards on 261 carries, and he also set a new school record with 35 touchdowns. He finished his career with 4,453 yards and is now Broken Arrow’s all-time leading rusher. Also led the Tigers to their first state championship, thanks to a 120-yard effort on 30 carries in the Class 6AI championship game against Jenks.
Broken Arrow coach David Alexander: “Noah was the heartbeat of our team. He led us in the weight room, locker room and at practice. And his hard work showed up big time on game nights.”
Offensive MVP: IAN CORWIN (Jenks) - The Trojans’ 6-foot, 185-pound quarterback engineered a high-powered offense to 464 points in only 13 games this season. The senior signal caller completed 176 of 290 passes for 2,905 yards and 25 touchdowns. Finishes his Trojans’ career as the program’s top passer with 8,988 yards and 548 completions. He’s also second with 80 passing touchdowns. In a championship game loss to Broken Arrow, Corwin passed for 319 yards and three touchdowns while completing 17 of 28 passes.
Jenks coach Keith Riggs: “Jenks has had a number of great quarterbacks over the years, and yet Ian was able to re-write the Jenks record book for passing statistics. He was a great leader and role model in the offensive huddle, on the practice field and in the film room. As good as he was on the field, he is an even better person; he’s humble, involved in a number of school groups and activities and always willing to help others.”
Defensive MVP: GAVIN POTTER (Broken Arrow) - It was 1A and 1B in middle of Broken Arrow’s defense this season with Potter and Zach Marcheselli. The nod goes to Potter ever so slightly after the Tigers’ defense mauled seemingly every opponent it faced this season. Potter, a 6-1, 200-pound senior linebacker, finished with 102 tackles and 23 tackles for loss this season. He also added 11 quarterback pressures, five pass break-ups and two blocked kicks. Anchored Broken Arrow’s defense in the state championship game with 10 tackles against Jenks.
Broken Arrow coach David Alexander: “Gavin’s explosiveness and his unmatched effort on every play made him a tackling machine in every game we played.”
Player of the Year: QWONTREL WALKER (Stillwater) - In a dynamic offense that also featured quarterback Gunnar Gundy and wide receiver Anthony Bland, Walker stole the spotlight with his running ability this season. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound running back finished with 2,310 yards and 35 touchdowns on 284 carries. Accounted for Stillwater’s only two scores in the 6AII title game, finishing with 150 yards on 31 carries against Bixby. He collected 234 yards and two touchdowns in Stillwater’s semifinal win over Booker T. Washington.
Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard: “Q is an incredible back. His combination of speed, quickness, power, balance and vision is unlike any running back I’ve coached.”
Offensive MVP: PRESTON COLBERT (Midwest City) - Senior quarterback guided the Bombers to the 6AII semifinals, thanks to 2,427 yards through the air on 147 completions. He completed 53.5 percent of his passes and also threw for 31 touchdowns. He also added 432 yards and eight touchdowns on 61 carries.
Defensive MVP: ETHAN HALL (Bixby) - The Spartans’ defense featured plenty of playmakers, but none more so than Hall in the middle of it all at linebacker. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker racked up 82 tackles with 26 1/2 of those for loss. During a six-game span from Sept. 14 to Oct. 18, Hall notched 17 tackles for loss, including four against Sand Springs. Hall also mixed in 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Player of the Year: SEVION MORRISON (Edison) - A solid sophomore season in 2017 segued to a monster 2018 for Morrison, who turned in one spectacular performance after another. Against McAlester, Morrison logged 429 total yards and scored seven touchdowns, and he polished off the regular season with a 382-yard, 5-touchdown performance against Ada. That’s when the Division I offers started rolling in for the 6-foot, 190-pound junior running back. Morrison finished off his junior campaign with 2,728 yards and 36 touchdowns on 232 carries. He currently holds offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska and Nevada heading into this senior season.
Edison coach Tony Daniels: “Sevion is a special player. His vision and how hard he runs the ball down hill, or in open space, is what makes him that way. Track has helped him out a lot this past year, and we cannon wait to see what he can do next season.”
Offensive MVP: DADRION TAYLOR (Carl Albert) - Missing a quarter of Carl Albert’s season didn’t keep “Rabbit” from turning in another monster season. While guiding the Titans to their third straight 5A championship, Taylor rushed for 1,365 yards and 24 touchdowns on 175 carries. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Utah State commit wrapped up his career with 4,611 yards and 65 touchdowns for the Titans.
Defensive MVP: REISE COLLIER (Carl Albert) - Offenses found little success against Carl Albert this season, and in the middle of it all was Collier, a 6-3, 205-pound junior linebacker. Collier collected 175 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions while leading the charge in Carl Albert’s march to a third straight championship.
Player of the Year: SAM BRANDT (Bethany) - Mr. Do It All -- aka Sam Brandt -- is listed first most places as a defender -- a 5-10, 180-pound defensive back. He performed there admirably during his junior season, amassing 76 tackles and seven interceptions while leading Bethany to a runner-up finish in Class 4A. But he also seems to have a handle on his offensive abilities, becoming dual-threat quarterback who put up monster numbers. Brandt completed 175 of 269 passes for 2,615 yards and 27 touchdowns, while also adding 1,262 yards and 25 touchdowns on 191 carries. But please, continue to tout the USA Today’s All-State team, one that couldn’t even bother to include Brandt anywhere on its roster.
Offensive MVP: CARSON BERRYHILL (Tuttle) - His numbers might not have been as electric as Brandt’s, but Berryhill guided the Tigers all the way to the 4A title. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior quarterback completed 132 of 233 passes for 2,271 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 440 yards and nine touchdowns on 93 carries.
Tuttle coach Brad Ballard: “Carson did everything that a quarterback could do to lead his team to a championship. He was a threat running and throwing the ball. His attitude and leadership was instrumental in our success.”
Defensive MVP: DYLAN COFFMAN (Tuttle) - Anchoring Tuttle’s stout defense was a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker this season. Coffman logged 123 tackles, two sacks and one interception while the Tigers’ defense yielded only 150 points over the course of 14 games.
Tuttle coach Brad Ballard: “He was the leader of our defense. He started for us multiple year and was among our leading tacklers in each of those. He set the tone for our team every week. One of the most physical players I have ever coached.”
LARGE SCHOOL ALL-STATE TEAM
Coach of the Year: DAVID ALEXANDER (Broken Arrow) – In his fifth year at Broken Arrow, Alexander improved to 44-16 with a perfect 13-0 campaign in 2018. The Tigers capped a run to their first championship with a 28-20 victory over Jenks in the Class 6AI title game, one that featured a weather delay of more than two hours. The Tigers averaged 44.5 points per game this season while giving up only 7.9 points.
QB: Ian Corwin (Jenks) – Passed for 2,905 yards and 25 touchdowns while leading the Trojans to the 6AI championship game.
RB: Sevion Morrison (Edison) – Junior tailback rushed for 2,728 yards and 36 touchdowns on 232 carries for the Eagles.
RB: Noah Cortes (Broken Arrow) – Amassed 1,958 yards and 35 touchdowns on 261 carries for the Tigers during his senior season.
RB: Qwontrel Walker (Stillwater) – Set a new Stillwater single-season record with 2,130 yards. Added 35 touchdowns on 284 carries as a sophomore.
WR: Jeff Foreman (Del City) – Caught 64 passes for 1,247 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.
WR: Brennan Presley (Bixby) – Hauled in 67 catches for 1,081 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior.
OL: Andrew Raym (Broken Arrow) – Paved the way for the Tigers’ high-powered offense as the most sought-after offensive lineman on the recruiting circuit. As a junior, Raym rotated all over Broken Arrow’s offensive line to give defenses different looks.
OL: Chester Baah (Edison) – University of Tulsa signee anchored the Eagles’ offensive line that saw Sevion Morrison re-write the Eagles’ record books.
OL: Ricky Stromberg (Union) – Arkansas signee created an array of running opportunities for tailback Darius Boone Jr., and kept the pocket intact for quarterback Peyton Thompson.
OL: Brady Latham (Jenks) – Arkansas signee was the key cog for the Trojans’ offensive line that allowed Jenks to score 464 points in 13 games.
OL: Trenzel Johnson (Ardmore) – Senior lineman graded out as the Tigers’ top offensive lineman for a unit that guided Ardmore to 368.1 rushing yards and 35.8 points per game.
DL: Montrell Cozart (Bishop Kelley) – Junior nose guard had seven sacks and 128 tackles to lead the Comets’ stingy defense.
DL: Trace Ford (Edmond Santa Fe) – Oklahoma State signee finished the season with 41 tackles, nine tackles for loss and three sacks.
DL: Alphonse Joseph (Carl Albert) – Junior lineman collected 98 tackles and 31 tackles for loss. Even had 16 sacks to pace the Titans’ defense en route to their third straight 5A championship.
LB: Ethan Hall (Bixby) – Senior linebacker notched 82 tackles and 12 sacks for the Spartans on their way to another 6AII championship.
LB: Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow) – Senior linebacker led the Tigers with 102 tackles and 23 tackles for loss.
LB: Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow) – TCU signee completed his senior season with 101 tackles and 12 tackles for loss.
LB: Dylan Coffman (Tuttle) – Senior linebacker recorded 123 tackles, two sacks and one interception for the 4A champions.
DB: Aaron Stokes (Broken Arrow) – Snagged five interceptions and had 52 tackles for the Tigers during his senior season.
DB: Dax Hill (Booker T. Washington) – Finished with 93 tackles and nine tackles for loss before signing with Michigan.
DB: Cade Cavender (Bixby) – Senior safety had 64 tackles and two interceptions. On offense, rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 34-13 win over Stillwater in the 6AII championship game.
DB: Sam Brandt (Bethany) – Recorded 76 tackles, seven interceptions and a fumble recovery for the Bronchos. Added 3,877 rushing and passing yards combined on offense with 52 touchdowns.
K: Noah Rauschenberg (Union) – Set a school record with a 54-yard field goal and finished the season 10 of 16 on field goal attempts.
P: Andrew Wisniewski (Bishop McGuinness) – Averaged 42.7 yards per punt on 34 attempts during his senior season.
KR/PR: Jamie Nance (Blanchard) – Nebraska signee had four touchdowns on 15 kickoff returns, and he averaged 45.2 yards per return. On punt returns, he averaged 25.8 yards per return and two touchdowns.
ATH: Dadrion Taylor (Carl Albert) – Senior tailback led the Titans’ offense with 1,365 yards and 24 touchdowns on 175 carries.
Let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send a tweet to Ben Johnson on Twitter. Small school All-State team will be published next week.
* Photo courtesy of Jimmy Gillispie/Stillwater NewsPress
| Ben Johnson
Not to worry, the track is not set to repeat. It only feels like that.
Jenks is going after another Class 6AI gold ball this Friday. This time, it’s not against Union, but instead against a Broken Arrow team that was been on a roll ever since coming out of the chute in August.
It’ll be a traditional power taking on a program that is on the cusp of transforming itself into a traditional power. The Tigers could enter that lofty atmosphere, just one year after Owasso did the same thing.
Meanwhile, in Class 6AII, it’s Bixby against the revolving door. Since the Spartans made a championship game appearance an annual trip since the advent of 6AII, Bixby has taken on varying number of opponents. Twice Bixby has played Lawton, then there was Sand Springs one time and last year it was Booker T. Washington.
In 2018, Bixby will welcome Stillwater into the title fold. The Pioneers, with perhaps the best quarterback-running back duo on Gunnar Gundy and Qwontrel Walker, will chase their first state title in more than 40 years. What a job Tucker Barnard has done in Payne County.
Now, on to the game previews….
*All games scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 1 Broken Arrow (12-0) vs. No. 2 Jenks (11-1)
Where: Chapman Stadium (University of Tulsa)
Road to the title game
- Broken Arrow: 49-0 vs. Moore in the quarterfinals; 10-7 vs. Owasso in the semifinals
- Jenks: 42-12 vs. Putnam City North in the quarterfinals; 27-24 vs. Union in the semifinals
What to watch for
- Broken Arrow’s Noah Cortes vs. Jenks’ defense: Only two teams have managed to keep the Tigers’ tailback in check all season long -- Jenks and Mansfield (Texas). Cortes finished with 90 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in Broken Arrow’s win over Jenks earlier this season. Cortes has been a man on a mission this entire season, but Jenks is bound to have a few schemes in the works to limit Cortes’ production. It will be a matter of Cortes’ finding room for a big play from scrimmage.
- Jenks’ Ian Corwin efficiency: The Trojan’s senior quarterback has not given the ball away much this season. He has completed 138 of his 226 pass attempts for 2,245 yards and 19 touchdowns. Only eight of those incompletions have gone for interceptions. One of the giveaways was to Broken Arrow’s Bryce Mattioda in the fourth quarter of the game between the two teams in September. In Corwin’s last game -- Jenks’ 27-24 win over Union -- he completed 20 of 34 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns.
- Championship game comfort: Neither team played in last year’s 6AI title tilt, but Jenks’ roster is littered with players used to playing for golden supremacy. The prevailing question is, how will Broken Arrow’s players handle the spotlight? Despite Jenks’ early score to put the Trojans up 7-0 in the matchup in September, Broken Arrow owned much of the first half, and Jenks coach Keith Riggs admitted it. “They played well and got after us, especially in the first half,” he told the Tulsa World after the game. So can Broken Arrow strike early again, or will both teams be forced to grind it out early and often?
- On Sept. 20, Broken Arrow beat Jenks, 28-13. The Tigers’ defense stifled Jenks throughout the game and limited the Trojans to 135 yards on offense.
- According to Broken Arrow’s stat tracker, the Tigers managed only seven “chunk” plays against Jenks on Sept. 20. Four of the seven plays came in the second quarter, highlighted by Quintevin Cherry’s 20-yard TD run that gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead. Tate Robards hit Matt Kaiser for two of the plays -- a 25-yard completion in the first quarter and a 15-yard completion in the second period. Noah Cortes had three of the plays with rushes of 13, 16 and 11 yards.
- This will be the second time for Broken Arrow and Jenks to meet in a championship game. The Trojans beat the Tigers, 35-14, in 2015.
- Broken Arrow has never beaten Jenks twice in one season.
- Head coach David Alexander, in his fifth season at Broken Arrow, is 43-16; This is Keith Riggs’ first year as head coach at Jenks after replacing Allan Trimble and his 22-year tenure.
- Jenks is 16-8 in championship games; Broken Arrow is 0-3.
- A title would be …… Jenks’ 17th; Broken Arrow’s first.
Michael Swisher: Broken Arrow over Jenks - No reason to believe this won't hold true. Sure, BA looked less-than-stellar in its semifinal win over Owasso. However, many a title run have included games where the eventual champ had to win when it wasn't at its best (even in a three-game march to a title). The Tigers are still the most complete team and will send the Jenks-Union drought to a catastrophic second year.
Ben Johnson: Jenks over Broken Arrow - I’ve seen this script before. There was Spencer McIllwain in 2002, then there was Coleby Evans in 2011 and recently it was Cooper Nunley and Dillon Stoner in 2015. I grew up on the Tigers falling short in championship games. This Tigers team is different, from Matt Kaiser to Noah Cortes to Zach Marcheselli to Bryce Mattioda to Andrew Raym. This Broken Arrow roster is loaded. I believe Broken Arrow is fully capable of winning its first gold ball. But I also believe Jenks will give the Tigers all they want in the second meeting between these two this season. I’ve operated under the umbrella that I can’t pick Broken Arrow until I see it win a championship -- just like last year, I wasn’t going to pick against Union or Jenks until I saw someone beat them in a title game. Plus, I’ve been so bad at picking this year that I’m really doing Broken Arrow a solid here.
Whitt Carter: Broken Arrow over Jenks - This was my pick at the start of the playoffs and I'll stick with it. I've been on the Broken Arrow train since August and was feeling great about it, until last week. The Tigers were seriously challenged by an Owasso team they had already beaten by four touchdowns earlier this season. The Tigers will have an even tougher test in a Jenks squad that has rolled since Broken Arrow beat them 28-13 in September. I think it'll be another close one this week and like last week, I think the Broken Arrow defense comes up with a big play or turnover late in the game that turns out to be the difference.