Pawhuska High School Huskies Bryce Wilson and Zalin Edwards have been named to the All Star by Class football team by the Oklahoma Coaches Association.
The OCA announced the All Star selections Monday, a few hours before revealing which of those senior players had been chosen for the annual All-State Football Game. Neither of the Huskie stars were designated to participate in the summer exhibition game, but both are expected to be continuing their football and athletic careers.
“These are major honors and to be picked is a pretty big deal,” said Bob Craig, the Pawhuska head football coach who currently serves as the state coaching association’s vice president.
Edwards — who passed for 17 touchdowns and ran for 11 last season — was the only Class 2A All Star quarterback to be named from the East side of Oklahoma, while four QBs were selected to the 2A West All Star team. He also was a standout defensive back and kick returner for the Huskies.
Prior to transferring to Pawhuska two years ago, Edwards appeared in two state championship games (as a wide receiver/defensive back) for the Woodland Cougars.
Wilson, a three-year starter for the Huskies, also excelled at multiple positions on both offense and defense. He earned his 2A All Star status at wide receiver, where he caught eight Edward’s TD passes last fall. In addition to having sure hands and exceptional leaping ability, Wilson was considered the hardest hitter on the PHS squad.
Craig was disappointed but philosophical about his players not receiving the nod for the All-State game.
“Each year, a lot of deserving kids get passed over — that’s just the nature of the beast,” the Huskie coach said.
Hominy offensive lineman Jason Bradford and Nowata defensive lineman Skyler Wood were picked for the All-State roster. Other All Star by Class selections at the A level included quarterbacks Caleb Hawes of Barnsdall and Edwin Mendez from Hominy, as well as Bucks’ tight end Corby Sorrells.