By Nate Akker
Photo of Deontaye Wilson of Deer Creek by Karen Schwartz
Over the next few weeks, SBLive Oklahoma will break down high school football teams in the state’s four largest classifications ahead of the upcoming 2022 season. Here’s our look at the Edmond Deer Creek Antlers.
THE HEAD COACH
Wade Standley, 6th season (27-26)
6 attack, 7 defense
2021 IN BRIEF
General assessment: 10-3
League records: 5-2, 3rd in District 6AII-1
Playoffs: Defeated by Bixby, 63-14, in 6A-II State Championship
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Grady Adamson, 6-1, 185, So.
Adamson doesn’t have too many reps in the game for his second season, but he has the skills and weapons around him to succeed. As he fills the shoes of former Deer Creek baseball player and current Oklahoma center Brett Pense, Adamson will look to build on his experience and solidify himself as a starting quarterback in the hope to bring his Antlers back to the title game.
RB Deontaye Wilson, 5-8, 185, Sr.
Wilson’s 5-foot-8, 185-pound frame has helped him tremendously at running back in 2021. As it was his first year in the position last season, you’d think he would have needed a some time to acclimatize to the liner. in the backfield. But, it was the opposite.
Wilson had over 1,000 rushing yards and 140 receiving yards for 12 total touchdowns. Next season, he will be set for a huge senior season as he enters only his second year as running back.
WR Berkely Dalton, 5-10, 170, Sr.
Dalton had a huge junior season for Deer Creek last year. In a game against Putnam City North, he had seven receptions for 93 receiving yards and two scores.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound wide has shown reliable hands as well as the ability to shake up defenders and create space. It should be an enticing senior season as Dalton enters his senior year with a young and inexperienced but quite talented quarterback under center.
FS Adrian Holman, 5-9, 165, Sr.
Holman appears to be a very versatile and competitive player for the Antlers. Last season, the ball peddler safety accounted for 59 tackles with a pick of six.
At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, Holman gives up a bit of size compared to his counterparts, but he shows efficiency and determination when looking to eliminate running backs.
Last year was a huge success for head coach Wade Standley and the Antlers. They hit 10 wins for the first time since 2012, and did so in a solid run to the 6A-II state championship, beating Choctaw and Sand Springs along the way before falling to Bixby for the title. .
Even so, they got a glimpse of the type of football team the Antlers can be as they reached the state championship game for only the second time in school history: brave, focused on defense, competitive and relentless. Regardless of that result in the title match, a 10-win season in 6A-II is a major achievement, and they’ll return some of that same talent that got them to this point.
On offense, Deer Creek will always return high-impact players such as senior running back Deontaye Wilson and senior wides Berkely Dalton and Bryson Rouse. And since current Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman Jacob Sexton graduated last year to play at the Division I level, three-year-old starter Logan Taylor will lead the Antlers offensive line and protect the quarterback. -second-year guard Grady Adamson.
Defensively, senior linebackers Braden Beers and Maddox Canty will hold the fort down the middle. Last season, the duo had eight sacks and more than 130 tackles.
At safety, standout seniors Adrian Holman and Teddy Amorosi will look to mitigate breakouts and stop the threat of deep passes, while defensive end Daxton Lewis and nose tackle Caleb Simmons will look to disrupt the backfield.
It should be a promising season for the Antlers as they look to meet and continue the expectations they set for themselves last year.
“We have an experienced defense returning and we have talented players returning on offense. We will need to replace four offensive linemen.” -Wade Standley