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COAC announces all-conference team, honors MHS players

Mustang High School senior safety Liam Krivanek has been selected co-defensive player of the year on the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference’s all-league football squad.
Krivanek shared the award with Norman High senior linebacker Cole Thompson.
Krivanek made 123 tackles to top MHS’ defensive charts for the second straight season.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder was a team captain and led the Broncos with 89 solo tackles, six for loss, and three interceptions, one on a two-point conversion.
“I’m excited for Liam and this accomplishment,” Mustang head coach Lee Blankenship said. “It is a huge deal to receive this honor by the coaches in our conference.”
Other Broncos named to the COAC’s honor teams were:
• Senior tackle Jett Woodward, first-team defensive lineman who had 42 tackles, seven sacks and six quarterback hurries;
• Senior tailback/receiver Khary Brown, tabbed a first-team wide receiver who caught 22 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns while averaging nearly 10 yards per touch;
• Senior left tackle Cade Williamson, first-team offensive lineman who protected quarterback Hayden Conrad’s blind side;
• Senior kicker Kory Soulinthavong, first-team punter who averaged 34 yards on 27 boots.
Blankenship was hugely complimentary of the 6-3, 260-pound Woodward.
“Jett had an outstanding season,” Mustang’s coach said. “He was a sack machine! I’m fired up that the coaches in our conference recognized him as one of the top players in the area.”
The versatile, explosive Brown was a big-time threat after he got his hands on the football.
“Khary was a dynamic player for us,” his coach said. “He led our team in rushing touchdowns (15), was the District 6A1-2 special teams player of the year and now a first-team all-conference wide receiver. His versatility was a huge weapon for us.”
Blankenship also was pleased with Williamson’s selection as one of the COAC’s premier offensive linemen.
“Cade had a great year for us at left tackle,” Blankenship said. “He is a technician at his position. He always does the little things right. I really believe that for this reason, he saw big results on the field and now off it.”
Soulinthavong made Mustang’s special teams click, Blankenship said.
“Kory was an incredibly valuable member of our team,” Blankenship said. “His ability to kick the ball from different angles and launch points made our special teams go.”
Broncos selected to the second team were senior linebacker Bradyn Jarman, senior safety Jojo Sylvester, senior offensive guard Connor Leeper, senior quarterback Conrad and senior punt returner Chris Doran.
Blankenship said Doran’s fearless punt catching ability often was overlooked.
“It is a huge thing in high school football to have a player with great hands and unwavering courage that can catch the punt in the air,” Blankenship said. “There’s no telling how many yards Chris saved us this season. When you don’t catch a punt, it usually bounces another 15 to 20 yards before it stops.”
Mustang players named honorable mention were senior defensive end Eddie Granados, senior middle linebacker Judson Rowland, senior outside linebacker Colt Humphrey, senior center Ethan Bunch, senior tailback Harvey Phillips and senior receivers Will Haddox, Tristan Plumlee and Jordan McFadden.
Stillwater’s Tucker Barnard was named COAC Coach of the Year and his quarterback, Gunnar Gundy, was player of the year.
Co-offensive players of the year were quarterbacks Daniel Hishaw, of Moore, and Cade Horton, of Norman.
Other all-conference award winners were:
• Kobe Holley, Stillwater, defensive back of the year;
• Quantrelle Walker, Stillwater, offensive back of the year;
• Ben Sparks, Norman, offensive lineman of the year;
• Mason Olguin, Edmond Santa Fe, linebacker of the year;
• Charles Prince, Norman, defensive lineman of the year;
• Southmoore’s Cameron Little and Deer Creek’s Logan Ward, co-special teams players of the year.

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