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OKPreps: John Marshall looks for next step

John Marshall hoping to play for at least one more week.

Oklahoma City John Marshall defensive back Justin Broiles doesn’t pull any punches when describing this year to last year.

Following an unexpected loss in the second round of the playoffs in 2015, it’s all the members of the Bears were thinking about heading into this season.

A chance for redemption in the same round last week, and John Marshall cleaned up in a 41-0 victory to advance to the quarterfinals and earn its 11th consecutive win.

This is going to mark the final home game for Broiles, a Scout 300 prospect committed to Oklahoma since the beginning of March.

A win against Stigler (Okla.) High would put the Bears in the semifinals, a far cry from where the program was just a short time ago.

Broiles has been a key part to the resurgence of the program and his performances this season have shown why he’s one of the best players in the state.

Broiles has 33 catches for 758 yards with 10 touchdowns, averaging more than 23 yards per reception this season. Recruited as a defensive back for the Sooners, Broiles has 29 tackles, five interceptions and has returned two of those for touchdowns.

2018 RB Devonte Lee

Perhaps nobody has helped his stock more as a junior than Lee. Following an impressive sophomore season, Lee has taken it to new heights this year.

He has rushed for 2,178 yards on just 146 carries, averaging nearly 15 yards per touch to go with 29 touchdowns.

“All the time,” said Broiles about mentioning Lee’s name to OU coaches. “All the time. I know how good he is. It will happen for him. I’m not worried about that.”

A few more great performances by Lee on the big stage will eliminate any excuses to stop looking in his direction.


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