BIXBY — It didn’t matter where Braylin Presley lined up.
Chances were, he was going to find a way to get the football into the end zone. And he did it in myriad ways, too.
Look no further than a three-play sample from two of Bixby’s biggest games this season. Back in October, during a rematch of the 2020 state championship game against Choctaw, Presley took an opening handoff right and scored on a 79-yard run.
But it didn’t count. A holding call nullified the play.
No worry for Bixby coach Loren Montgomery and Co. Presley lined up in the slot on the next play, caught a slant pattern and scored a 70-yard touchdown.
Then, in the first play of the Class 6A-II state championship game last month, Presley motioned left before taking a handoff right, acting as if he was going to run.
Presley showed off his arm, firing a pass downfield to an open Preston Solomon for a 76-yard score on Bixby’s first offensive play.
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Fans of Bixby football became accustomed to seeing Presley score touchdowns – 102 of them to be exact – during his Spartan tenure the past four seasons. It’s part of the reason Bixby has won 49 consecutive games and become one of the state’s great dynasties.
For the second straight year, Presley is The Oklahoman’s All-State football team’s Offensive Player of the Year.
“It's a luxury as a coach to have someone that every time you put the ball in their hands, there's a chance that they can score a touchdown,” Montgomery said. “It gives you the confidence you can always make something happen.”
Since The Oklahoman began naming All-State Players of the Year in 1952, Presley is only the second ever to repeat as Player of the Year, joining Lawton’s Dewell Brewer in 1987-88.
This season, Presley played in only 19 of 32 possible quarters and three second halves all season because of Bixby’s dominance. He still racked up 1,109 rushing yards on 109 carries and caught 56 passes for 665 yards with 25 total touchdowns. He also threw for two scores and returned one kick for a touchdown.
No matter what defenses did to try and stop Presley, he was too dynamic. Too fast. Too dominant.
“I saw a lot more different defensive looks this year than I have my whole high school career,” Presley said.
Yet it was all for naught.
When Presley was in the game, he was the best player on the field. When the ball found his hands, the Oklahoma State signee again and again found ways to make plays.
He leaves Bixby as one of the greatest players in school history. Presley was a part of teams that won four state championships, set a state record for consecutive wins by an 11-man team (49) along with numerous personal records.
Forget Bixby history. Presley left his name among the state’s best.
"He's a hard worker, he's light hearted and wants what's best for the team," Montgomery said. "He has been one of the cornerstones to that win streak and in the state championships that we've had since 2018."
Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Cameron? He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan. Support Cameron’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at subscribe.oklahoman.com or by using the link at the top of this page.
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