Chandler Hill star makes mark in Oklahoma high school record books
Jack Gray has seen Casmen Hill grow every year.
Gray, the Chandler High School football coach, remembers when Hill was a 140-pound freshman taking reps at running back. Even then, Hill averaged six yards per run.
Now, he’s one of the best rushers not only in Chandler’s history, but also in the Oklahoma high school record books. With 6,621 career rushing yards, Hill probably set the all-time Class 2A mark.
While Gray acknowledged that some records might have been lost over the years, IWasAtTheGame.com is the closest Oklahoma high school football game has to a comprehensive statistics database. On IWasAtTheGame’s list of top running backs, no Class 2A player has more career rushing yards than Hill. The closest is Wynnewood’s James Allen, who rushed for 6,203 yards in 1992.
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Hill would also rank 14th among running backs in all classes.
He said he was thrilled to set the record, and until Tuesday afternoon he hadn’t realized he had done it.
“I don’t really focus on the stats, not the type of record stats,” Hill said. “I’m just playing.”
This approach worked. The senior was instrumental in the Lions’ second-place finish in District 2A-2.
He’s averaging 202.6 yards per game and managed to top 6,500 career yards despite missing a game and a half due to concussion protocol.
With a knack for arming stiff defenders and making them miss, Hill is improving every week, Gray said. Hill has a chance to continue climbing the ranks of the Oklahoma greats when the Lions host their first-round playoff game Friday against Hennessey.
“(His teammates) all know he’s a guy you can count on, a guy you can count on,” Gray said. “He’s a really good guy leading by example.”
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Grove Crawford makes Class 5A history
Emmanuel Crawford knew he was approaching the record.
As Grove beat Bishop Kelley, 41-20, on Thursday, the senior rocketed for 256 yards and four touchdowns, setting Oklahoma’s all-time rushing yard mark in Class 5A. Grove coach Ron Culwell said Crawford’s career total was 6,071 yards.
Although Crawford achieved the Class 5A record, he spent most of his career in 4A. The Ridgerunners made the jump heading into this season, having no problems as they won all 10 regular season games.
But Crawford’s success extends beyond one class. According to statistics from I Was At The Game, Crawford’s rushing yards would place him in the top 25 in Oklahoma high school history for all grades.
“It’s a great honor,” Crawford said. “There are a lot of good players on this list. And it just shows the hard work that I put in, but also my linemen and my coaches to help me achieve this record.
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Millwood tailback Rickey Hunt Jr. commits to Ohio
One of the best latecomers in the state has made up his mind to go to college.
Millwood’s Rickey Hunt Jr. announced his engagement in Ohio on Sunday.
A 6-foot, 185-pound senior, Hunt is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports. He narrowed his choices to Ohio, Buffalo and South Dakota State before committing.
Hunt had a distinguished career at Millwood in football and basketball.
In football, he played in all positions, even quarterback. He leads a team that is 9-1, ranked third in Class 2A and hosts Crossings Christian in the first round of the playoffs on Friday.
Hunt helped Millwood win the Class 3A basketball title last season.
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➤ McAlester Athletics announced on Tuesday that they are collecting donations at their Brumley Gym for disaster relief in Idabel. A deadly tornado hit Idabel on Friday, destroying several homes and businesses. Necessary items include bottled water, toiletries, clothing and non-perishable food, according to the McAlester Athletics Twitter account.
➤ Normandy women’s basketball star Keeley Parks landed an offer from Alabama this week. The sophomore point guard is No. 6 in the ESPN HoopGurlz National Class of 2025 Rookie Rankings. Parks’ many offers include OU and Oklahoma State.
➤ Moore’s Jax Rumsey signed on Tuesday at Oklahoma State. Rumsey, a 6-foot-3, 311-pound offensive lineman is a favorite. Rumsey was a four-year starter for the Lions.
➤ Porum quarterback Seth Brown had nine rushing touchdowns in a win at Midway on Thursday. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Book of Records, this is a record for eight-a-side football in Oklahoma. Brown also tied a national record of eight men.
➤ Tulsa NOAH is ranked #1 in the National Home Football Rankings. Tulsa Noah is 8-2 this season, with its only losses coming to undefeated Class 3A Metro Christian and Class 2A Kiefer (9-1). Tulsa Noah will face defending national champion Lighthouse (Springfield, Mo.) in the first round.
➤ Moore quarterback Denver Wolfe became the school’s all-time leader in passing distance in Thursday’s game against Broken Arrow. Wolfe had 5,460 yards.
“Top player with tremendous courage and tenacity,” Moore’s football coach Greg Bryant tweeted.
—Hallie Hart, James D. Jackson and Nick Sardis, Editors