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MHS Buffaloes

December 22, 2013

Buffs’ Pratt leads All-District list

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Mason Bumphus was named Cornerback of the Year. Bumphus led the state with 10 interceptions in 2013, some of his biggest including two in McAlester’s end zone against Shawnee in Week 5, and interceptions returned for touchdowns against Noble and Skiatook in Week 9.

Also a starting wide receiver, Bumphus caught 28 passes for 715 yards and 10 touchdowns. He added 70 rushing yards on 9 carries.

Lane Grant was named Co-Linebacker of the year along with Shawnee’s Gage Humphrey, and Mikey Verner was named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year along with Shawnee’s Riley Greenlee. Grant finished the season with 76 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, while Verner led a Buffs offensive line that made McAlester’s high-scoring offense possible.

For leading the Buffs to their first state championship since 1996, McAlester coach Bryan Pratt was named Co-Coaches of the Year. Skiatook coach Vance Miller, who helped his team go from 0-10 in 2012 season to the playoffs in 2013, was the other Co-Coach of the Year.

Seniors Grant Sontag and Connor Powers were named to the All-District offensive line, while Blakely Williams was named an All-District receiver. Though Williams caught just 10 passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns himself, that didn’t stop him from being the team’s best downfield blocker, making many of his teammates’ touchdowns possible by clearing away safeties and cornerbacks.

Josh Peckio was named to the All-District defensive line. Peckio made 48 tackles during the season, recorded three sacks and returned a fumble for an interception against MacArthur.

Allen Woodmore finished the Buffs’ list of All-District athletes, qualifying as an All-District defensive back. One of McAlester’s starting safeties, Woodmore recorded three interceptions during the season, including one he returned for a touchdown against Memorial.

Woodmore also led all seniors with 88 tackles.

Non-McAlester players receiving All-District 5A-3 honors included:

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