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The Oklahoman's All-State Football 2018: Meet the first-team defense and special teams

Trace Ford, Edmond Santa Fe, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Trace Ford, Edmond Santa Fe, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Trace Ford, Edmond Santa Fe

Senior defensive lineman

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 230

College: Oklahoma State

This season: With perhaps the most explosive first step in the state, Ford had a breakout senior season with 41 tackles, three sacks, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He was the star on a defense full of Division I talent opponents schemed against the most.

 

Sitani Lemeki, Ardmore, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Sitani Lemeki, Ardmore, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Sitani Lemeki, Ardmore

Senior defensive lineman

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 290

College: Undecided

This season: With his trademark long hair, Lemeki mauled opponents on both sides of the ball, imposing his will and anchoring Ardmore’s defensive front with 58 tackles — 12 for a loss — and five sacks while helping the Tigers reach the Class 5A state championship game.

 

Cole Mashburn, Norman North, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Cole Mashburn, Norman North, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Cole Mashburn, Norman North

Senior defensive lineman

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 248

College: Memphis

This season: At full strength nearly all year, Mashburn became the force recruiters believed him to be. He totaled nearly 80 tackles and two sacks, but also made his presence felt on special teams by blocking three kicks. He also scored seven offensive TDs.

 

Dylan Coffman, Tuttle, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Dylan Coffman, Tuttle, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Dylan Coffman, Tuttle

Senior linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 205

College: Will not play football

This season: Shoulder injuries led to his retirement from football following the season, but he went out in a huge way while leading Tuttle to the Class 4A state championship for the first time since 2005. He finished with 123 tackles and two sacks, while forcing two fumbles and intercepting a pass for one of the state’s most physical teams.

 

Zach Marcheselli, Broken Arrow, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Zach Marcheselli, Broken Arrow, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Zach Marcheselli, Broken Arrow

Senior linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 205

College: TCU

This season: A fast and physical linebacker who anchored the state’s top defense, Marcheselli lived up the hype with 80 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. With he and teammate Gavin Potter, the Tigers held 10 opponents to less than 10 points.

 

Gavin Potter, Broken Arrow, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Gavin Potter, Broken Arrow, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Gavin Potter, Broken Arrow

Senior linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 199

College: Kansas State

This season: Once a quarterback, Potter converted to linebacker this season just to get on the field. He ended up becoming a star headed to the Big 12 with 78 tackles — including 23 for a loss — three fumble recoveries, an interception and two blocked kicks.

 

Will Taylor, Putnam City North, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Will Taylor, Putnam City North, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Will Taylor, Putnam North

Senior linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 245

College: Missouri State

This season: Taylor helped lead Putnam North back to the playoffs for the first time in six years, recording more than 130 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions, including a pick six. He also found a prolific role on offense — scoring five TDs — and he also returned a kick for a score.

 

All-State football, Sam Brandt of Bethany. Friday, January 4, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
All-State football, Sam Brandt of Bethany. Friday, January 4, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Sam Brandt, Bethany

Junior defensive back

Ht./Wt.: 5-10, 175

This season: A breakout season saw Brandt rack up 76 tackles and snag seven interceptions on defense, while passing for 2,600 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushing for 1,200 yards and 25 touchdowns at quarterback to lead the Bronchos to the Class 4A state title game.

 

Zach Hale, Christian Heritage, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Zach Hale, Christian Heritage, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Zach Hale, Christian Heritage Academy

Senior defensive back

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 195

College: Undecided.

This season: There was no player as red-hot in the postseason as Hale, who led the Crusaders to the Class A state championship game in a variety of ways. At safety, he created turnovers (eight interceptions and four fumble recoveries) with 202 tackles. At quarterback, he totaled 44 TDs.

 

Tulsa Washington's Dax Hill poses for a portrait for the Super 30,Thursday, June 21, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Tulsa Washington's Dax Hill poses for a portrait for the Super 30,Thursday, June 21, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman


Defensive Player of the Year

Dax Hill, Tulsa Washington

Senior defensive back

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 215

College: Michigan

This season: The state’s first five-star recruit in more than a decade was the most dynamic player on Friday nights. He totaled 93 tackles with a pick-six and fumble recovery at safety, while also moving to cornerback in the playoffs to limit opponents’ top receiver. Hill, who was unavailable for interviews, also rushed for a score and caught 13 passes, seven of which went for TDs.

 

Aaron Stokes, Broken Arrow, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Aaron Stokes, Broken Arrow, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Aaron Stokes, Broken Arrow

Senior defensive back

Ht./Wt.: 5-7, 151

College: Undecided

This season: A move-in from Tulsa East Central, Stokes established himself as one of the top cover corners statewide with 52.25 tackles, 11 pass breakups and five interceptions. Known as “Tricky,” he also returned two interceptions for TDs.

 

Noah Rauschenberg, Union, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Noah Rauschenberg, Union, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Noah Rauschenberg, Tulsa Union

Senior kicker

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 191

College: Undecided

This season: Known for his huge leg, Rauschenberg knocked home 10 field goals his senior season from distances of 52, 53 and 54 yards. As a four-year starter, he’s set every Tulsa Union kicking record, including 185 career extra points.

 

David Vargas, Guthrie, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
David Vargas, Guthrie, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


David Vargas, Guthrie

Senior punter

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 230

College: Undecided

This season: Behind a booming leg, Vargas helped out the Guthrie defense with field-flipping punts and average of 34.6 yards. He also came through in the clutch with a game-winning field goal in overtime against Duncan to advance in the Class 5A postseason.

 

Andrew Crow, Rejoice Christian, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Andrew Crow, Rejoice Christian, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Andrew Crow, Rejoice Christian

Senior kick returner

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 175

College: Undecided

This season: A dangerous return man who returned a kickoff for a TD, Crow led the state with 47 total offensive TDs. He rushed for 2,625 yards and 44 TDs, caught a TD and passed for another while leading Rejoice Christian to the Class A state semifinals. He also returned a fumble for a score.

 

Jamie Nance, Blanchard, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Jamie Nance, Blanchard, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Jamie Nance, Blanchard

Senior punt returner

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 165

College: Nebraska

This season: A dangerous playmaker whenever the ball was in his hands, Nance returned two punts and two kicks for touchdowns. He totaled more than 500 yards receiving and nine scores to lead the Lions to the Class 4A state quarterfinals.

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Trace Ford, Edmond Santa Fe, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Trace Ford, Edmond Santa Fe, Oklahoman Football All State. Monday, December 17, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

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