Parker vs. Mead lived up to billing

It was the best of the best in Oklahoma when safety Steven Parker lined up against wide receiver Jeffery Mead. Parker earned the last laugh with a 38-22 victory in the state championship game.

It wasn't just a meeting of the two best teams in Oklahoma, but a matchup between two of the top recruits going against each other.

In one corner was Tulsa (Okla.) Union three-star receiver Jeffery Mead, committed to Oklahoma. In the other was Scout 300 safety from Jenks (Okla.) High, Steven Parker.

When Jenks edged Tulsa Union in September, a big reason for that was because Parker took the challenge in the second half of being Mead's shadow. Wherever Mead went, Parker followed.

In last week's state championship game at Tulsa University, it started from the jump as Parker essentially tracked Mead the entire game.

Both had their moments, but Parker earned the last laugh as Jenks won 38-22 to repeat as state champions. The Trojans have now won 26 consecutive games.

Win No. 26 wouldn't have happened without the efforts of Parker, the state's top uncommitted prospect. He had five catches for 164 yards and a touchdown, while adding three tackles and an interception on defense.

Parker was so dominant in the first half that Jenks had a 31-14 lead and Jenks was able to save Parker for defensive purposes in the second half. He punctuated the game with the interception in the final minutes.

Mead, pledged to OU since June, showed why the Sooners are so high on him. He finished with seven catches for 91 yards and made several impressive grabs where he showed his height and his hands in getting the job done.

Parker has set a deadline in his head for his decision but won't reveal who his finalists are. It feels like a safe bet to say OU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State are in the conversation. was there in September when the two stars met and was there again last week to see the Trojans be crowned the champs.

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