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Oklahoma high school football: Washington QB Emitt Wilk peaking at the right time

Washington's Emitt Wilk runs for a touchdown during a Class 2A playoff game against Jones in Washington on Nov. 27. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Washington's Emitt Wilk runs for a touchdown during a Class 2A playoff game against Jones in Washington on Nov. 27. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

WASHINGTON — The Washington football team dug itself into a hole during the Class 2A quarterfinals at Adair on Friday night.

Adair scored a touchdown on its first possession and had a 16-7 lead at one point in the first quarter.

Washington, which was coming off a thrilling win against Jones, had its season hanging in the balance.

That’s when Emitt Wilk took over.

Using both his passing and running ability, the senior quarterback helped Washington quickly erase the early deficit and pull away for a 49-22 victory.

Wilk, who also plays defensive back, finished 5-of-8 passing for 117 yards and two touchdowns and had 14 carries for 156 yards and two scores.

For his performance, The Oklahoman’s staff has named Wilk its Player of the Week.

“He just controlled the entire football game with his legs, with his arm,” Washington coach Brad Beller said. “Even on defense, he had an amazing game defensively. Overall, it was a great performance, top to bottom.”

Wilk’s game against Adair (10-2) mirrored his senior season in a way. Similar to Friday, Wilk has needed to overcome adversity this year.

He suffered an injury against Lindsay in Washington’s (11-1) third game.

Wilk missed the Warriors’ next two matchups before returning against Community Christian. Lining up at receiver — his position last season — and quarterback, Wilk provided an offensive spark and ran for two scores, leading his team to a 37-8 road victory.

Since that game, he has been one of Washington’s top players and is coming into his own as the starting signal caller.

“I just play every game like it could be my last, especially with all the COVID stuff going on,” Wilk said.

Wilk will have that same mindset when the Warriors play Beggs in the semifinals Friday.

Semifinal games are typically held at neutral sites, but the pandemic forced changes to that this year, and Washington will host the Golden Demons.

With star senior defensive back Kendal Daniels, a Texas A&M commit, and junior running back and Oklahoma State commit CJ Brown, Beggs (9-2) will be a tough opponent in what Beller said he believes is Washington’s first-ever home December game.

“I’m feeling this one could be a full, four-quarter game,” Wilk said.

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 ›