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THE WINNER: Mason Fine
School: Locust Grove (Okla.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Pirates to a 13-0 record and a berth in the Class 3A state semifinals, scheduled for Dec. 5. With as many as two games to play, Fine has thrown for single-season state records of 4,469 yards and 65 touchdowns against only five interceptions on 292-of-424 passing (69 percent). A Preseason All-State selection as named by the Tulsa World, Fine also rushed for 522 yards and 10 touchdowns on 134 carries through 13 games. He has eclipsed the previous single-season state records of 3,916 passing yards and 54 touchdown passes.
Academic excellence: Fine has maintained a 4.00 GPA, ranks No. 1 in his graduating class and serves as junior class president.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, he has also volunteered on behalf of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Mason Fine is an excellent player and competitor,” said Shane Richardson, head coach of rival Tahlequah (Okla.) Sequoyah. “He is probably the best quarterback I’ve coached against. He has set records in Oklahoma this year. You can tell he is the leader of his team by watching them feed off of his energy. On our team, we ask our players to play with great effort, attitude and intensity. Mason Fine embodies that creed. He is an absolute nightmare to prepare for and, at the same time, fun as heck to watch.”
THE FUTURE: Fine will be a senior next fall.