Ford Award 2017: Week 7 Nominee

Union High School junior running back Darius Boone accounted for 389 yards of total offense and 3 touchdowns in the Redskins' 45-31 win over Norman North. (KTUL)

When it comes to being the defending state champion and arguably the most talented team in Oklahoma High School football this season, expect to get every opponent's best shot. It still hasn't been enough for Union to land in the loss column in 2017.

And for the second time this season, the Redskins produced our latest Ford Award nominee.

"Darius Boone. Running back 2019. Union High School."

Week in and week out this season, Union has been tested against quality competition. And Union continues to come out on top. That includes last week's rematch of the 2016 state championship game against Norman North.

When the junior running back was asked at what point did he think he was going to have an especially good game, "When I caught the first touchdown," Boone replied. "When I caught the ball I was like, 'Oh yeah.' When I caught the ball, my adrenaline was going. I was like, 'Yeah, I'm ready.'"

Yes, Darius was. He carried the ball 25 times for 309 yards while making a pair of catches for 80 yards. And Boone finished with 3 total touchdowns.

"We've been waiting on him to have this kind of breakout season," said head football coach Kirk Fridrich. "We've probably had those kinds of games within our running attack but it's been him and Keviyon."

That changed late last month when friend and teammate Keviyon Cooper suffered a brain injury. Boone may be the one getting all the carries but says his friend is always with him.

"Honestly, I was feeling going in I had some big shoes to fill," admitted Boone. "I mean, we made a promise. I told [Keviyon] I was going to have a really good game. And he told me to do my thing so I did what I had to do."

So congratulations to Darius Boone of Union High School for being our Week 7 Ford Award nominee.

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