Recruiting: Madill QB Wins Top Gun Challenge

EDMOND, Okla. - College football recruiters, including Oklahoma State, are making Madill, Okla., a stop this year with talented 6-2, 195-pound running back Darryl Fields attracting a lot of attention and for good reason. Fields has put up big numbers just last season rushing for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also verified his speed at the state track meet winning the 100 meters.

Well, recruiters are also going to find a pretty good quarterback that has two more seasons to play in Spencer Bond. The 6-2, 200-pound signal caller that will just be a junior further verified his talent Saturday night at Edmond Memorial High School in finishing ahead of 19 other talented quarterbacks in the Oklahoma Top Gun Quarterback Challenge.

The Challenge, started by the Allen family of quarterbacks, was put on by Jared Allen, a former Edmond Sante Fe All-State quarterback and four-year starter at Florida Atlantic for head coach Howard Schnellenberger, and his brother current Edmond Memorial offensive coordinator Josh Allen.

This year's competition included Jenks' Sawyer Kollmorgen, Tulsa Union's Chase Boyce, Carl Albert's J.T. Realmuto, Clinton's Ryan Stringer, and Sallisaw's Matt Oberste. Southmoore standout Kendal Thompson and Millwood underclassman Kevonte Richardson are both Division I prospects. In fact, Richardson already has offers from the likes of Kansas, Tulsa, and UNLV.

Making the trip from Texas and finishing in the top 10 was D.J. Betik from Ennis, a school known for producing talented quarterbacks including Texas Tech standout Graham Harrell.

Oklahoma State commitment and Sand Springs (Page) standout Johnny Deaton was supposed to have competed and was an invitee but he tweaked an ankle injury that he originally suffered in team camp in early June and sat out and watched the competition.

It was Madill junior Spencer Bond that outfinished the other talented quarterbacks. Bond, who is very mature physically, was able to master the various physical drills and throwing drills to win a close competition over Friday qualifer Dan Rossi of Edmond North.

While 13 of the quarterbacks were in the competition automatically, seven qualified in competition on Friday. Rossi and Bond went down to the last drill, a throwing drill at moving targets. Rossi scored a 50 and Bond drew cheers from his fellow competitors with a competition high round of 85 featuring several spectacular throws. The most spectacular throw was his last, the longest throw the quarterbacks are asked to make, and it's on the run.

"I knew it was long and I knew I needed to hit it," said Bond, who sizzled the ball and saw the blue chalk off the ball mark the red bull's eye. "We (he and Rossi) were both nervous. It's for fun, but we're both competitive and wanted to win."

Bond seem to be a popular winner as he was being congratulated by all of the other quarterbacks.

"He is very humble, very unassuming," said competition co-founder Jared Allen. "You know we had a lot of underclassmen that finished high in the competition, and two of the four top finishers were qualifiers from Friday."

Bond also ran a best of 4.64 in the 40-yard dash and was strong in all of the athletic competitions. Last season as a sophomore Bond completed 121 of 184 passes for 1,830 yards and 20 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He also rushed for 798 yards and 14 touchdowns on 125 carries. Those numbers need no validation, but the competition should just give Bond even more confidence going into his junior season.

"Everybody in Madill is excited," he said after the competition. "With Darryl (Fields) we have a good team and our goal is to get to the playoffs and try to get to the semifinals or even the finals, win it all. That's our goal."

With Bond and Fields they should have a big shot at all the marbles in Class 3A.

Rossi of Edmond North was a qualifier that Allen spoke of that finished second and Oklahoma City Casady's Clay Shivers, another qualifer, finished fourth. Shivers, who also plays center field and pitches for the Casady baseball team, threw the ball really well and ran a 4.6 in the forty on Friday and came back with a 4.57 on Saturday morning for his time in the finals.

The physical and mental testing was done earlier Saturday morning and the throwing competition was held in front of the crowd under the lights on Saturday night.

Last season Shivers completed 102 of 148 passes for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

Finishing third was returning Purcell starting quarterback Cole Swayze. Swayze is a tall, athletic quarterback that also runs well. Last season he ran for 1,160 yards and 14 touchdowns on 116 carries while completing 22 of 50 passes for 397 yards and seven touchdowns with seven interceptions.

Brad Valentino, the heir apparent for quarterback at Norman North following another Top Gun Challenge graduate Tyler Tettleton, also showed up really well in the competition as a qualifier that battled through Friday to earn his way into Saturday's competition. He finished third on the moving target at the end. The other individual challenge winner was Sallisaw's Oberste, who won the stationary target passing drill.

Overall, this was one of the best groups and one of the most competitive in the three-year history of the competition in Oklahoma. One thing is for sure coming out of Saturday night, college recruiters and high school football fans definitely know there is both a running back and a quarterback at Madill this season, and the quarterback will be there two more seasons.

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