Broken Arrow varsity football players make All State team
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Every year the most elite players in high school football are recognized by OSSAA for their individual accomplishments. Broken Arrow had thirteen athletes named to the all-district team, including eight defensive players. The Tigers stellar defense was spearheaded by its outstanding linebacking core of sophomore Zach Marcheselli and seniors LaDarren Walker, Austyn Romine and Carder Key. Romine and Key received special recognition, as Romine was named Class 6A-I District 1 Linebacker of the Year for his accomplishments and Key was named Class 6A-I District 1 Defensive Player of the Year. Key thanked many for helping him earn this outstanding achievement.
“I’d like to thank all my coaches and teammates for continuously pushing me to be my best and my family for all their support,” Key said.
Romine is taking his talents to William Penn University to become a Statesman. If his high school accomplishments are any indication, he’ll be a force at the college level as well. He looks forward to his new school and competing at a high level.
“I’m excited to get to play at the next level and try to make a name for myself and also meet new people,” Romine said.
The Tigers defensive coordinator Aaron Nowell was described his linebackers as some of the hardest workers and best leaders on and off the field that he’s ever had the opportunity to coach.
“Carder Key is the toughest football player I’ve ever coached, the type of player you probably get to coach once in a career,” Nowell said. “Austyn Romine has been an incredibly hard worker throughout his 4 years here, I wish I had 50 Austyn Romine’s.”
Broken Arrow High School senior offensive lineman Blake Batson was one of the four offensive players named to the All District Team. His consistency on the line was recognized by the coaches around the district who vote on who makes the team. Batson is undecided where he’ll play at in college but would like to thank one person in particular for helping him reach the college level and for helping him get recognized as a standout lineman.
“I would like to thank coach Harper for literally teaching me everything I know and for helping me reach my goals,” Batson said.
BAHS seniors Chandler Saied and Trenton Lieurance also earned special honors for their outstanding season. Saied, Broken Arrow’s punter and kicker, was named Co-Kicker of the Year as he only missed three field goal attempts all season and kicked a Tiger record of five against Westmoore this season. Lieurance was awarded Co-Defensive Linemen of the Year in his sole season as a high school football player. He laid waste to nearly every offensive line that attempted to keep him from making the tackle.
Romine, Key, Saied and Lieurance all made the All District team. Seniors Cade Yeager, Wyitte McAdams, CJ Myers, and LaDarren Walker were also featured on the All District roster along with junior defensive lineman Derrick Shaw, Sophomores Zach Marcheselli and Matt Kaiser and freshman offensive lineman Andrew Raym.