Despite brutal challenges in a rugged football district Barnsdall High School’s football team still enjoyed ample representation on the District A-5 All-District selections.
Panther warrior Logan Lanphear earned the Strong Safety of the Year award, while Ky Allen was named one of three Linebackers of the Year.
Joe Smith and Lorenzo Osuna both were considered among the elite defensive linemen of the district — Smith as one of three Defensive Ends of the Year, and Osuna as one of two Defensive Tackles of the Year.
Wesley Yarber harvested the Tight End of the Year honor.
On the offensive side, Beau Smith shared the Center of the Year kudos with one other player.
The Panthers — who failed to make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons — finished at 4-6. They proved to be competitive in all their district games and came up just one win shy of powering into the postseason.
Losses to Hominy, 52-34, Pawhuska, 36-18, Pawnee, 50-34, and Woodland, 34-21, proved especially costly.
Barnsdall blitzed into the season by winning its first three games by cumulative score of 152-38. But, beginning with the setback at Hominy, Barnsdall posted a 1-6 mark in its final seven outings.
However, next year appears promising for the Panthers, who are coached by Kylee Sweeney. Many of their key contributors — not only from last season, but for a year or two before that — are due back for one last try at a strong finish in district and deep playoff run.
District A-5 power Tonkawa won the state championship, while Morrison advanced to the second week of the playoffs. Pawhuska and Hominy both fell in the opening round.
The Huskies boasted an amazing turnaround, bouncing back from 0-10 in 2017 to surged to 6-5 in 2018.
Even so, only two Huskies received major district honors — Fred Warrior, who received the Courage Award; and Price Perrier, who shared Defensive End of the Year recognition.
Just like Barnsdall, Pawhuska coach Mike Hennesy also will have several key pieces in place for what could be a mighty run in 2019.