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Oklahoma All-State Football 2018: Ardmore's Sitani Lemeki served up the punishment all season

Try watching highlights of Sitani Lemeki without a smile on your face.

The 6-foot, 300-pound defensive lineman from Ardmore looks like he's having a blast on the field, sprinting around, slamming opponents to the turf and getting up and mauling another.

Lemeki is a wrecking ball, intent on disrupting and causing as much mayhem as he can.

“I don't know what happens,” said Lemeki, who was selected to The Oklahoman's All-State football team. “But when I'm on the football field, I turn into a different person. I just try to destroy everything.”

Lemeki, who is Tongan but born and raised in Oklahoma, helped lead both the Ardmore offensive and defensive line units this season to an undefeated regular season and a trip to the Class 5A title game.

Ardmore averaged more than 360 yards rushing per game, while limiting opponents to less than 100 rushing per contest.

While it always appeared like Lemeki was having a blast running around trying to tackle and pancake everything in sight, the senior said his favorite moments from this year happened off the field.

Post-game celebrations happened back at his house, where the gentle giant played chef for his teammates.

While his specialties are chicken alfredo and spaghetti, Lemeki said he feels pretty confident cooking just about anything (as long as there is a YouTube video to show him the way.)

“I'm pretty good,” he said. “Or at least my teammates thought everything was pretty tasty.”

Chef Lemeki said relaxing with teammates after each game was what he'll cherish the most.

“Everyone would just come over and chill,” Lemeki said. “I'm pretty relaxed off the field, but on the field is when I get a little crazy.”

Lemeki is now looking at the next level as college programs have come calling for the services of the long-haired big man. He'll start taking college visits soon and is excited to be the first in his family to go to college.

He says college coaches seem to like his rough and tumble style as well.

“Every time I play, it's a different level,” he said. “I just want to drive someone into the dirt.”

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<p>Ardmore lineman Sitani Lemeki is a member of The Oklahoman's 106th All-State football team. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]</p>

Ardmore lineman Sitani Lemeki is a member of The Oklahoman's 106th All-State football team. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

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Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp is a news and health reporter for The Oklahoman. He grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Read more ›

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