SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The high school football season officially kicks off around the Ozarks Friday August 30th. Each year new players step up as superstars. We want to know who will be the best and help make their team the best it can be. Vote for MVP from the 10 athletes below. We will announce the winner on the O-Zone Show Friday August 30th, 11:30 pm on the Ozarks CW.
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(Bios by Jordan Burton)
Jaelon Acklin, QB, MV-BT/Liberty - If you want to see a true dual-threat quarterback then Acklin is your man. He can beat you through the air (1,731, 21 TDs), on the ground (1,356, 22 TDs) or defensively (50 tackles, 3 picks). Also a noted return man (had a 96-yard return for TD), Acklin accounted for 3,510 all-purpose yards in leading the Eagles to the Class 2 quarterfinals before falling to eventual state champ Lamar. Acklin has picked up a handful of FCS and FBS offers.
Logan Allred, RB, Ash Grove - Allred made his presence felt in 2012 for the Pirates. As part of Ash Grove’s two-headed rushing monster last year with Austin Hurst, Allred ran for a team-high 1,351 yards and 22 TDs. He had five games in which he scored three or more touchdowns, including a 61-34 win over El Dorado Springs where he found pay dirt seven times. When you mix speed and power, you get Allred.
Blayne Armstrong, QB, Marshfield - Armstrong is your prototypical pocket-passer. He’s 6-foot-4 with a great arm, and under rated athleticism. In 2012 he aired it out for the Blue Jays, picking up 2,253 yards and 18 TDs. The four-year letterman returns his top two receivers and leading rusher from last year’s 3-7 squad. Look for Marshfield to be much improved with another season Nick Codutti.
Bo Dean, TE/LB, Camdenton - You may not know Bo Dean yet… but you will soon enough. His senior year will be his first and last donning the Lakers’ purple and white after moving from Osage, but it will likely be one to remember. Last year at Osage Dean pulled his best Tim Tebow impression, throwing for 2,947 yards and 19 TDs, while rushing for 1,513 yards and 29 TDs. Yes, Dean single-handedly accounted for 4,460 yards and 48 TDs. He also had 56 tackles and 4 picks defensively. Whether he plays quarterback, tight end, linebacker or anywhere else, Dean will be very valuable for the Lakers.
Easton Flaugh, QB, Reeds Spring - Flaugh threw a coming out party throughout the 2012 season and invited the entire COC to watch. Although he is a solid dual-threat quarterback (832 passing yards, 893 rushing yards; 19 TDs), he makes his presence most felt defensively. His 102 tackles paced a resurgent Reeds Spring squad. Flaugh also forced four takeaways (2 fumbles, 2 interceptions) despite being game planned for weekly. If Reeds Spring is to take another step forward in the battle for COC supremacy, Flaugh will be a major contributor.
Alec Murphy, RB, Nixa - What a difference a year can make. Last summer Alec Murphy was getting ready for his sophomore year of high school and adjusting to life as a 15 year old. In just 12 months Murphy has become one of the most sought after running backs in the Class of 2015. His 220 pound frame and 4.5 speed has scouts drooling, most notably Notre Dame, Florida State and the entire SEC. Look for him to have a breakout season for a Nixa squad that should make some noise in the COC-Large.
Rafe Peavey, QB, Bolivar - By now you’ve heard of the Liberators’ standout signal-caller. Over the summer he was often the topic of debate as he continues to garner attention at the national level and famed coaches such as Urban Meyer and Charlie Strong tried to flip the Arkansas commit. Why shouldn’t they, as a junior he amassed 1,872 yards through the air and another 514 on the ground to go along with 26 TDs. Had Bolivar not outscored its opponents 382-74 in their final nine games Peavey would have gotten a chance to add to his numbers.
Matt Rush, QB, Hillcrest - Rush is one of the area's most dynamic players. Think Percy Harvin when he was at Florida; you get the ball in his hands anyway possible. Last year Rush was the Hornets’ leading receiver, tallying 65 receptions for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns through the air. He also racked up 273 rushing yards with five touchdowns, and is a huge threat in the return game. A move to quarterback is likely for Rush in 2013 with the loss of Jonah Hill.
Jacob Wade, QB, Strafford - We don’t call him ‘The Real-Deal Wade’ for nothing. Wade was a man amongst boys in 2012. Through the air few did it better than Wade. His 2,094 yards and 24 TDs were impressive, but his 65% completion percentage was off the charts. At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Wade is also a load running the ball (647 yards, 15 TDs). With his top three receivers back and a bitter taste from last year’s 50-36 district semifinal loss to Liberty, ending Strafford’s unbeaten season, expect the Indians to be hungry come August.
Clayton Watson, WR, Green Forest - Expectations are high in Green Forrest this year, and a lot of that is because Clayton Watson. The four sport letterman torched opponents for 660 yards on 48 catches, 10 for TDs. Defensively Watson collected 53 tackles and four interceptions. Look for the Tigers to return back to elite form return nearly their entire team from 2012’s 4-6 edition.