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.


First Team


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.


Second Team


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

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