Verdigris was among the top teams in Class 3A for a second-consecutive year, and that success reaped several rewards in the District 3A-4 awards that were announced Tuesday.
Running back Alec James was voted as a Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player, and Evan Raines earned Co-Defensive MVP honors.
James helped the Cardinals average 36.9 points per game on the way to a state quarterfinals berth and a 9-2 record, rushing for 948 yards and 15 touchdowns on 122 carries (7.8 yards per carry) while also catching nine passes for 107 yards and a score. KT Owens of Central was the other Offensive MVP.
Raines — a 6-foot-3, 248-pound defensive lineman — was a force for the Verdigris defense that held opponents to 18.2 ppg. He tallied 60 tackles, 15 of which were for a loss, while causing and recovering two fumbles and recording five sacks with seven hurries.
Army commit Owen Ostroski of state champion Holland Hall was also designated as a Defensive MVP.
Here is a look at all the District 3A-4 awards:
District MVP: Wallace Clark, Holland Hall
Co-Offensive MVP: Alec James, Verdigris; KT Owens, Central
Co-Defensive MVP: Evan Raines, Verdigris; Owen Ostroski, Holland Hall
Quarterbacks: Landon Prows, Inola; Jake Miller, Berryhill
Running back: Gabe Brown, Vinita
Fullback: Skyler Melcher, Mannford
Wide receivers: Dalton Norman, Inola; Marc Gouldsbey, Holland Hall
Tight end: Josh Chambers, Berryhill
Centers: Jax Ridenour, Verdigris; Hunter Mounce, Central
Guards: Jake Braman, Verdigris; Jace Starling, Berryhill
Tackle: Johnny Williamson, Jay
Safeties: Kaleson Marshall, Verdigris; Lorne Kirk, Jay
Cornerback: Tanner Alexander, Berryhill
Inside linebackers: Joel Hamilton, Central; Sutton Spradlin, Berryhill
Outside linebacker: Carson Calvert, Verdigris
Defensive ends: Alek Hess, Verdigris; Brendon Stevens, Vinita
Interior lineman: Cameron Robinson, Holland Hall
Kickers/Punters: Price Ward, Vinita; Oscar Lylya, Jay
Ironmen: Hayden Jones, Verdigris; Jackson Knight, Berryhill
Comeback players: Charlie Goddard, Holland Hall; Josiah Stevens, Berryhill
Coach of the Year: Tag Gross, Holland Hall
Verdigris: Carson Cook, Tyler Bowers, Zander Kirby
Inola: Trey Maple, Josh Keller, Garrett Cummins, Zack Albert, Dalton Diacon
Vinita: Tyson Starks
Central: Dayton James, Dayton Burkhalter
Holland Hall: Matt Doyle, Noah Shepherd, Joe Hall, Brenden Terry