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Oklahoma high school football: Playing in All-State game ‘means everything’ to Noble’s Austin Fisher

Noble's Austin Fisher warms up before the OFBCA All-State football game Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Noble's Austin Fisher warms up before the OFBCA All-State football game Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

SHAWNEE — Austin Fisher was told he wouldn’t be able to throw again after suffering a compound fracture in his elbow at age 11.

Fisher, a multi-sport athlete, didn’t know what to think when the doctor delivered the news. The right-hander couldn’t imagine not throwing a football or baseball.

But Fisher had some hope after visiting a physical therapist, who said he could overcome the injury and throw again.

Within eight months of the injury, which occurred in a Go-Kart accident, Fisher was tossing footballs and baseballs.

The experience is one reason Fisher plans to attend OU and become a physical therapist following his stellar athletic career at Noble.

“The way that she helped me, I want to help other people do that,” he said.

Fisher played for West during the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association’s All-State game Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist University’s Crain Family Stadium.

In the quarterback's final competitive game, he completed 7 of 12 passes for 45 yards and finished with five carries for 14 yards, helping West beat East 21-13.  

Fisher earned a spot on the roster after Norman’s Cade Horton elected to not play.

Fisher’s inclusion was well deserved.

Last season — Fisher’s first year as Noble’s starting quarterback — he finished with a 68.2 completion percentage, 2,200 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also ran for 950 yards and 16 scores on 125 carries.

With Fisher leading the way, Noble won its first district title since 2003 and advanced to the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Fisher’s senior season added to his family’s legacy in Noble.

His father, former OU baseball player Shayne Fisher, was the Bears’ quarterback when the school earned its first playoff win in 1993.

Austin, who was also a standout baseball player, always looked up to his dad and aspired to make him proud.

“My dad, he played in the All-State (football) game,” Austin said. “He was pretty dang good. I just want to follow in his footsteps and do the best that I can. It means everything to me.”

Austin’s younger brother, Colin, was Noble’s backup quarterback as a freshman last season, so the Fisher name will likely remain prevalent in the upcoming seasons.

Despite being the starting signal caller for just one season, Austin left his mark on the program.

“Did whatever we needed him to do,” Noble coach Greg George said. “His senior year, he got his chance and went out there and shined.”

Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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