Most high school teams play 10 regular season games. That breaks down into roughly three or four non-district games and six or seven district games. That makes week four one of the most popular bye weeks, and a few Cowboy commits had the week off. Even if this may be an abbreviated update, check out what OSU commits did in week four action.
Ollie Gordon, Running Back
Another week, another big win for Euless (TX) Trinity. The Trojans opened district play with a 55-20 win against Boswell thanks to a big performance from Ollie Gordon.
The Trinity quarterback — still feels weird to me — passed for 61 yards, completing four of his 10 attempts. Gordon taking snaps under center allowed backup tailback Gary Maddox to run for a team-high 196 yards and two scores on 15 carries.
Gordon carried the ball 12 times himself for 152 yards and a touchdown. That equals out to more than 12 yards-per-carry. Gordon is going to continue to put up big numbers week after week because he plays in a particularly weak district. If Maddox continues to get more carries and yards, it’s no cause for concern. Gordon at quarterback often gives Trinity the best chance to win by letting both backs shine.
This is part of the reason why Trinity scheduled such a challenging non-district slate. Gordon excelled then and he’ll continue to do so in what will likely be a long string of Trinity blowouts leading up to the playoffs. Next up is rival L.D. Bell at what was formerly known as Globe Life Park in Arlington, the old home of the Texas Rangers, now known as Choctaw Park. Bell has not beaten Trinity since 1997.
CJ Brown, Running Back
In a battle of 1-1 teams, Beggs (OK) dominated Chandler 42-14 on Friday night.
Brown had a fantastic night for Beggs, finishing with 215 yards and two scores on just 17 carries. That totals out to north of 12 yards-per-carry, so he had a similar night compared to Gordon. As the best player on his team at a lower classification level, Brown should be expected to have big numbers every week. Brown had this nice run on Friday night as the highlight of his game.
Next up is is 0-3 Henryetta at home.
Braylin Presley, Athlete
The athlete designation next to Presley’s name on every major recruiting service is absolutely necessary because he’s a weapon at wide receiver and running back. Last week, it was the latter that got it done.
Presley and Bixby (OK) faced off against our favorite home team — Stillwater — and held no punches playing against opponents from the town he’ll be playing his college ball in. The dynamic athlete finished with 16 carries for 233 yards — topping both Brown and Gordon at 14.6 yards per carry — and three scores. Presley also caught six passes for a total of just 112 yards, but one of those six did result in a touchdown. The win helps solidify Bixby’s status as the No. 23 high school team in the entire nation according to USA Today.
Talk about track speed!
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#1 Bixby blows out #2 Stillwater 42-14 thanks to 233 yards and 4 TD's from #OKState commit Braylin Presley.
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Next up for the Spartans is 1-2 Bartlesville on the road.
Cameron Epps, Cornerback
While Gordon, Brown, and Presley picked up blowout wins, Epps and Chaminade (MO) wound up on the other end of a blowout score.
Epps did his part, passing for 87 yards and a score on 5-for-10 while rushing for 78 yards on 10 carries. He recorded six tackles on defense as well, but Chaminade fell to rival De Smet Jesuit, 33-7. Next up is 0-4 Granite City (IL) on Friday.
Other News and Notes
Here’s how the rest of Oklahoma State’s class performed this week. These players either had bye weeks, couldn’t find stats for, or didn’t have any easy-to-find highlights.
- Frisco (TX) Lone Star took down Frisco Independence 38-21 last week. OSU’s lone quarterback commit, Garret Rangel, is still out with a leg injury. He is expected to return by the end of the regular season. Next up for the Rangers is Frisco Reedy.
- Talyn and Tabry Shettron got the week off as Edmond (OK) Sante Fe had its bye week. Next up is 0-3 Edmond Memorial on Friday.
- Mason Gilkey caught 10 balls for 150 yards and two scores for Pawhuska (OK) this week. Unfortunately, the Huskies fell to Hominy in a close one, 33-31. Next up is Commerce at home.
- DJ McKinney and Colleyville (TX) Heritage also had a bye week. Next up is a tough test against 3-0 Richland to kick off district play.
- OT Austin Kawecki and Frisco (TX) Lebanon Trail dropped another district contest to Lake Dallas, 56-35. Next up is Frisco High.
- Frontenac (KS) and defensive lineman Landon Dean raced past St. Mary’s-Colgan, 46-12 on Thursday. Next up is 1-2 Iola at home.
- Jaleel Johnson and Putnam City (OK) North took down rival Putnam City West 56-6. Next up is 2-1 Grant.
- Gabe Brown and Stillwater (OK) lost to Bixby 42-14 on the road — but who can blame them. Bixby is a top 25 team in the nation according to USA Today.