GRID HONORS: Bartlesville Bruins collect several district awards

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Bartlesville High's Gage Keaton, left, looks to carve out some more yards by holding off a would-be Bixby High tackler by arm's length.
Bartlesville High's Gage Keaton, left, looks to carve out some more yards by holding off a would-be Bixby High tackler by arm's length.

Despite some wacky woes during the season that impacted their potential success, the Bartlesville High football players still garnered plenty of positive recognition in District 6A-II-2 postseason honors for seniors only.

Five Bruins were voted to be among the district’s best in their positions.

Despite missing a few games with injury, Ridge Brewington received the All-District Offensive Line honors. Brewington already has committed to attend the Air Force Academy and play football there.

Gage Keaton harvested All-District Wide Receiver kudos.

Keaton hauled in 38 catches for 696 yards and five touchdowns. He recorded almost half of the team’s 77 receptions and more than half of the team’s 1,041 receiving yards.

Logan Vaclaw
Logan Vaclaw

Logan Vaclaw, who also missed some time at season’s end due to injury, garnered All District Defensive Back acknowledgment — a special reward being that Vaclaw hadn’t played football as a junior and started for the first time in the varsity secondary.

Vaclaw made 45 tackles (30 solo) and intercepted a pass.

Harrison Clark gets ready to launch the ball for Bartlesville High.
Harrison Clark gets ready to launch the ball for Bartlesville High.

Harrison Clark — another M.A.S.H. casualty of the football wars, received the spotlight as the All District Special Teams Punter. Clark launched some atmospheric kicks that could have been mistaken for weather balloons as they soared like brown comets through the night air.

Three other Bruins also harvested District 6A-II-2 Honorable Mention attention — Hunter McClintock on the offensive line, Kelvin Davis as a receiver and Rhett Foreman as a running back.

Ridge Brewington address the audience at Thursday's Bartlesville Sports Commission Bruin Kick-Off Luncheon at Hillcrest Country Club. Brewington is a four-year starting lineman and has committed to the Air Force Academy.
Ridge Brewington address the audience at Thursday's Bartlesville Sports Commission Bruin Kick-Off Luncheon at Hillcrest Country Club. Brewington is a four-year starting lineman and has committed to the Air Force Academy.

McClintock didn’t start until the latter part of the season on the offensive line. Prior to moving full-time to the O-line, McClintock racked up 14 tackles (eight solo), registered a tackle for loss and grabbed an interception as a defensive lineman.

Davis proved to be an explosive dual threat off the handoff or on short to intermediate

Bartlesville High defensive end Hunter McClintock grabs an interception.
Bartlesville High defensive end Hunter McClintock grabs an interception.

patterns as target, and Foreman made most his devastating impact as a blocking fullback, ripping open holes or creating walls for the tailbacks and quarterbacks.

Davis fingered 11 catches for 97 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Bartlesville — which started numerous freshmen or sophomores throughout the season — carved out a 2-8 mark through a grueling schedule.

Kelvin Davis totes the ball for Bartlesville High.
Kelvin Davis totes the ball for Bartlesville High.

Two of the teams the Bruins fell to were Collinsville, which is playing later this week for the Class 5A state championship, and Bixby, which played on Thursday night for the Class 6A-II state crown.

This past season’s growing pains should make the Bruins — who are coached by Jason Sport — much stronger next season as they return all those talented freshmen and sophomores as veteran sophomores and juniors.

As far as the seniors departing from this year’s team, Sport praised their impact on the football team’s future.

Rhett Foreman
Rhett Foreman

“As a whole, they continued to build a foundation for us,” he said. “I’m very proud of the way those guys battled through a whole lot this year, and their resilience. Even the midst of adversities I’m very proud of the way they never backed down. I think their legacy will be a great springboard into next season.”

This article originally appeared on Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: Football: BHS Bruins receive awards

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