Things are going to be different when a four-star Scout 300 safety isn’t in your lineup, but for Midwest City (Okla.) High, it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.
That didn’t mean visiting Lawton ran away with the game. Midwest City sophomore Evan Fields came in and did an admirable job in replacing one of the best players in the state.
Fields, who is around 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, could be the next big Midwest City defensive back in recruiting. There have been a few here lately, including cornerback Ronnie Davis now at Kansas and Sunderland headed to Norman next season.
Fields entered the game with 14 tackles and added several more against the Wolverines in a thrilling 24-22 defeat. Midwest City defensive coordinator Jason Sexton has talked about Fields in the past, and it’s clear Fields will be a name to watch.
Sunderland said he should be OK in the future, and as luck would have it, Midwest City gets to experience the rare OKPreps bye before beginning its playoff run next weekend.
Lawton and Midwest City each have quality prospects for the 2016 class, but it was another 2017 prospect that caught the eye of Sooners Illustrated.
Curry is seeing some time at running back this season as three-star prospect Darreyl Patterson has shouldered a lot of the load.
But when Curry has been in, he has made some things happen. For the season, he has rushed for 604 yards on 59 carries with six touchdowns. As is the case for most Lawton players, he can play some defense, too, and has added 24 tackles.
It will be interesting to see how Curry and Fields develop from this point forward. They have already put themselves in the short list for quality in-state players for 2017 and should only get more opportunities to make big plays happen.