Sports Editor

On a team with extraordinary discipline and attention to detail, Levi Richardson is in a league of his own.

He is the strongest player, pound for pound, on the team.

He is the unwavering compass of the team. Steady. Focused. Loyal.

He is the star of a team that has no star system.

He is the leader of a team rife with senior experience.

He is competitive. He is confident. He is in control.

And, as the quarterback of the unbeaten Sequoyah Eagles, he is a champion.

Levi Richardson has been in the driver’s seat of an offensive juggernaut that has rolled up a 25-2 record over his junior and senior seasons.

For delivering the first football championship to Sequoyah, Richardson is being hailed as the Claremore Progress 2006 Rogers County Offensive Player of the Year.

Richardson never had an off-night.

That is significant.

Sequoyah never had an off-night, either.

As Levi Richardson went, so went Sequoyah.

And together, they went through 14 straight opponents this season, culminating with the Class 3A state championship.

Richardson accounted for more than a third of Sequoyah’s total offensive numbers. He could run. He could throw. He could execute better than any quarterback on the Sequoyah schedule.

He was voted the District 3A-3 Most Valuable Player by the district coaches.

Coaches know a star when they see one.

And the district coaches saw plenty of Richardson.

He averaged 147 total offensive yards per game. And was responsible for 30 of his team’s 68 touchdowns — 19 by rushing, 11 by passing.

But he saved his best for last.

In the 32-3 thrashing of Marlow in the championship game, Richardson ran for 249 yards and three touchdowns. On 17 carries. That’s an average of 14 yards per touch.

In typical Richardson fashion, he diverted attention from himself to his teammates.

“That was by far the best job of an offensive line that I’ve ever witnessed,” he said. “That was a testament to our coaching. Our offensive linemen came out and blocked hard on every play.”

They blocked and opened running lanes for a quarterback that appreciates and applauds hard work.

Senior linebacker J.R. Row, singled out as the Defensive Player of the Year, calls Richardson “a great leader.”

“If we have a bad play, lose a couple of yards, he says it’s all right,” Row says.

“He’ll say, ‘Let it be. Just let it go. We’re focused on the next play now.’”

Richardson always remained focus on the next play. The next game.

And, on a cold Dec. 4 night in Edmond, the state championship came in to focus.

Levi Richardson did not let it slip away.

It was his responsibility to make sure the gold ball made its way to Sequoyah.