Callins, Wood with chance to shine

The Oklahoma Class 5A championship doesn't have a lot of stars but has the two best teams. And somebody can definitely step into the limelight Saturday night.

Sometimes teams aren't littered with great recruits. Sometimes it's just a well-balanced team that comes together at the right time.

Saturday night will be one of those occasions at Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium in the Oklahoma Class 5A state championship 7 p.m. CST.

It's a fitting final of No. 1 Guthrie vs. No. 2 McAlester as both teams have done everything that has been asked of them to get to this spot, even including waiting an extra week because of weather concerns.

But if you want to watch one name, a choice is there for both clubs. There is a name to watch on both teams and their stories are eerily similar in McAlester 2015 prospect Dalton Wood and Guthrie 2014 recruit Kai Callins.

Wood started off at linebacker as a freshman, and it was obvious by his 6-foot-3 frame he would be a name to watch. He was going to be the quarterback for the 2012 season when his season was cut short.

Wood had to have heart surgery last year but has made a full recovery and is back at quarterback for the Buffaloes. Or back at bulldozer running back/quarterback for McAlester.

Wood has rushed for 1,079 yards on 120 attempts, averaging nine yards per carry to go with 16 touchdowns. He is 93-of-177 passing for 1,708 yards with 21 more touchdowns.

His future could be quarterback or at outside linebacker. He made it clear last year he wanted to be a quarterback going forward but things could still change.

Like Wood, Callins wanted to have a big 2012 but a torn ACL in the first game of the season wiped out his junior season.

His senior season has been solid in every way imaginable, and he'd love to end it with another state championship.

It was in the 5A final two years ago where Callins originally made a name for himself, and he would like nothing more to reintroduce himself to some schools with another breakout outing.

Callins has rushed for 1,502 yards on 186 attempts, averaging more than eight yards per rush with 27 touchdowns. He has also has 18 receptions for 203 yards and two touchdowns. And he's the unquestioned lockdown cornerback for the Bluejays with six interceptions.

He is getting looks from some schools such as New Mexico and Ohio, while Oklahoma has shown periodic interest.

Two players who know full well about second chances. Two players looking to make the most out of them in pursuit of the gold ball Friday night.

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