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December 25, 2013

2013 MUSKOGEE PHOENIX ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM: Wagoner has MVP, Hilldale draws most selections

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Coach of Year

Brandon Tyler won the award in 2006. He had designs of ending up where his team was that year, in the 2A finals against Millwood.

Davis denied that bid, just as it did a year ago.  This time, though, Tyler and company can say they lost to the state champion — an unlikely finish for a team that lost 17 seniors.

“We’ve said tradition doesn’t graduate. These kids bought in and we had seven assistant coaches who came to work every day and made my job a lot easier,” Tyler said. “Getting these new kids in the right position, that was something that was on them. So to me, this is a staff award. I’m proud of their work in what we accomplished.”

Tyler edged Kirkhart, who was second to Stigler’s Chris Risenhoover last year.

Newcomer of Year

This awards thing is all new to freshman K.J. Lee, but performing was a mode that didn’t take long to settle in to.  He had 147 tackles, 19 for losses, caused four fumbles and had five sacks as a key piece to the Wagoner defense.

“I didn’t think I’d get something like this,” the stout 6-foot, 215-pounder said. “I have to work harder to be more than what I am now.”

That’s music to Condict’s ears.

“He doesn’t say much. He just works,” he said. “He’s always on time with a huge upside.”

And, Condict is quick to note, he’s just 15.

“I think he’s got a big future. His parents do a good job keeping him grounded and reminding him of other things he needs to take care of, like grades,” Condict said. “And that’s the thing. You tell these kids all the time that if they address that and if they have any level of football talent, we’ll find them a place to go play.

“He’s a potential D1 player, there’s no doubt. The eyeball test, he passes that right now. Kind of like that kid over there (pointing to Ivy).”

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