SI honors Parker, Clark, Batson

So many top names and so many top performances to choose from but Sooners Illustrated has narrowed it down to offensive and defensive MVPs and an overall MVP for Oklahoma high school football this season.

The Oklahoma high school football season ended this weekend and what a wild ride it was. A lot of elite players stepped up big when it mattered most. A lot of breakout stars emerged and teams were crowned state champions.

Now for the first time ever Sooners Illustrated is going to hand out awards to some of the top players in the state.

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Offensive MVP: Cameron Batson, Oklahoma City Millwood

Batson, a wide receiver committed to Texas Tech, had to play quarterback for Millwood his senior season and did a fine job in leading the Falcons back to the state championship game. Batson epitomized what a dual-threat quarterback is using his speed and explosiveness in the open field but not being afraid to make a big thrown when it was needed. Batson didn't come in as the most ballyhooed player in the state, but he rightfully earned Oklahoma's Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this month. He is 100 percent solid with the Red Raiders and should be a dynamic slot receiver.

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Defensive MVP: Deondre Clark, Oklahoma City Douglass

Clark's numbers, strangely enough, weren't as eye-popping as they were as a junior. But for anybody that watched Douglass play, it was obvious Clark was an even better player as a senior than he was last year. Clark finished with 61 tackles and 22 sacks this season, giving him an astounding 65 sacks in his career. But this year the LSU commit had to be more than just a pass rusher. He was the No. 1 option running the ball, accumulating 1,622 yards on 186 attempts with 22 touchdowns. Committed to the Tigers, Ole Miss and Oklahoma are doing all they can to get him to flip. He is a Semper Fi All-American as well.

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Overall MVP: Steven Parker, Jenks

Was there any doubt? All Parker has to do is show anybody the film of the first half of the state championship game won by Jenks 38-22 against rival Tulsa Union. Parker was sensational in setting the tone with five catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. In almost a scripted ending, Parker's interception in the final minutes of the game sealed the deal and gave the Trojans another championship. Parker had 33 receptions for 594 yards with nine touchdowns. He also had 44 tackles and four interceptions and has moved up in the Scout rankings to become the No. 1-ranked player in the state. A huge battle is being waged by the Sooners and Texas A&M for his services. Parker is also a Semper Fi All-American.


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