The 2019 football season was another successful year in the News Press coverage area, with seven of eight teams advancing to the playoffs.
Stillwater again led the way with its second-straight runner-up finish. Pawnee went 13-1 after its run to the state semifinals.
Many individuals had amazing years, with several breaking records. Here is our first- and second-team all-area football squad.
Gunnar Gundy, Stillwater
The three-year starting signal caller had his best season. He completed 74.7 percent of his passes for 3,481 yards and 47 touchdowns to only three interceptions.
Damon Caine, Coyle
The Bluejacket senior completed a season for the ages in his only one at running back. He rushed for 3,254 yards and 52 touchdowns – setting the 8-man single season yards record.
Qwontrel Walker, Stillwater
The Pioneer junior is a three-time first-team selection. Despite a late season injury that briefly sidelined him, Walker carried the ball 212 times for 2,018 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Anthony Bland, Stillwater
In his senior season, Bland caught 100 passes for 1,304 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Princeton signee set single season records this fall.
Keaton Crooks, Cushing
In the Tigers’ pass heavy offense, Crooks led the way with 59 receptions for 1,061 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Steven Brown, Stillwater
Despite missing all but a few plays of the playoffs, Brown had a remarkable junior season. He racked up 44 catches for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns playing opposite Bland.
Zac Buchanan, Pawnee
Buchanan was a four-year starter voted the Class A-5 District lineman of the year. He graded out an 89 percent this fall.
Lance Petermann, Stillwater
The junior helped pave the way for Walker and helped keep Gundy on his feet as the Pioneers rolled through nearly every opponent.
Aaron Harmon, Morrison
Harmon was a three-year starter for the Wildcats. He was a big part in their ground attack.
Tucker Wheatley, Perry
Wheatley played every snap on offense and defense this year. He graded out an 85 percent or higher on the offensive line.
Cade McCutcheon, Perkins-Tryon
McCutcheon helped the Demons to their best season under sixth-year coach Bruce Williams. He paved the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.
Logan Hargrove, Pawnee
A key piece for the Black Bears, Hargrove was a three-year starter and all-district selection who racked up 133 tackles, 11 sacks, two fumbles forced and two fumbles recovered.
Ethan Jennings, Coyle
Jennings had led the Bluejackets with 103 tackles this fall.
Alton Allen, Perkins-Tryon
A force in the trenches, Allen had 62 tackles and nine sacks for a stingy Demons’ defense.
Trevor Benham, Stillwater
Benham had a breakout year for the Pioneers. He finished with 83 tackles and six sacks his senior year.
Gabe Brown, Stillwater
As a sophomore, Brown led Stillwater with 125 tackles – 34 of which were solo. He had one sack, one interception, one fumble forced, two fumble recoveries and one touchdown.
Sean Preston, Stillwater
Preston’s senior season was another solid one for the undersized backer. He had 117 tackles, five sacks, one interception, one fumble forced and two fumble recoveries.
Wylee Craig, Pawnee
Another key piece to the Black Bears’ defense, Craig was a three-year starter and A-5 linebacker of the year who racked up 152 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Hunter Puls, Cushing
Puls helped the Tigers’ defense improve with his 118 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Kobe Holley, Stillwater
In his senior season, Holley intercepted seven passes and recorded 81 tackles. He also had one fumble recovery.
Ayron Lawson, Perkins-Tryon
The Demons’ star running back was a force in the secondary, too. He had 65 tackles and four interceptions this fall.
Chad Mitchell, Pawnee
Mitchell was back on the field after missing much of his junior season. He was a three-year starter and all-district player who had 42 tackles and four interceptions.
Garrick Martin, Stillwater
As the deep safety, Martin was still a tough defender. He had 48 tackles, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Mads Arberg, Perkins-Tryon
The Demons’ kicker connected on 55 of his 56 PAT attempts.
Mason Drake, Perry
The Maroons’ quarterback also punted. He had 28 punts for an average of 36.9 yards, and seven inside the 20 yard line.
Austin Mages, Perkins-Tryon
99 of 173 passes (57%) for 1,180 yds, 16 TD, 6 INT
242 carries for 1,262 yards, 27 TDs
Trevor Mitchell, Pawnee
212 carries for 1,570 yards, 18 TDs
Ayron Lawson, Perkins-Tryon
172 carries for 1,350 yards, 14 TDs
Jack Smithton, Stillwater
41 receptions for 754 yards, 6 TDs
Brody Harbour, Perry
38 receptions for 720 yards, 15 TDs
Camden Crooks, Cushing
55 receptions for 767 yards, 10 TDs
Sharkey Booher, Coyle
Holden Brown, Stillwater
Caleb Pierce, Perry
Dawson Williams, Cushing
Ryan Ensign, Pawnee
Luke McEndoo, Stillwater
75 tackles; 8 sacks
Conner Williams, Perkins-Tryon
51 tackles - 7 for loss; 11 sacks
Trey Henning, Coyle
65 tackles; 5 sacks; 4 fumble recoveries
Aaron Harmon, Morrison
45 tackles, 4 sacks
Brody Vaughn, Morrison
62 tackles, 3 INT, 4 fumble recoveries
Treyson Dunigan, Perkins-Tryon
109 tackles - 8 for loss; 2 sacks
Kenny Bell, Perkins-Tryon
85 tackles - 8 for loss; 2 sacks
Braxton Dale, Perry
87 tackles; 3 INT
Carter Barnard, Stillwater
50 tackles; 4 INT
Chris Boynton, Coyle
52 tackles; 2 INT; 1 fumble recovery
Carson Rames, Perry
29 Tackles; 5 Int; 6 pass break ups
Cole Aldridge, Perkins-Tryon
27 tackles; 5 INT