High school playoff soccer

Jenks forward/midfielder Will Edwards (left), controlling the ball during a playoff game against Norman on May 1, won the Gatorade Award as Oklahoma boys soccer player of the year. JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World

Will Edwards, a Jenks junior forward/midfielder, has been named the 2019 Gatorade boys soccer player of the year for the state of Oklahoma.

Edwards had 14 goals and eight assists this season, leading the Trojans to the Class 6A state title, an 18-0 record and No. 2 rankings in the USA Today/United Soccer Coaches’ Super 25 and Top Drawer Soccer’s Fab 50.

He is the seventh Jenks player chosen for the award, but the first in 22 years. The others were Eric Littlepage (1997), Hudson Blake (1996), Robbie Burns (1993), Gary Graham (1991), Mark Haston (1990) and David Gordon (1989).

The Gatorade Company is in its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes. Edwards is eligible for Gatorade’s award for national player of the year, to be named later this month.

Edwards received first-team All-World recognition from the Tulsa World as a sophomore after helping lead the Trojans to an 11-5 record and a state runner-up finish.

“Will Edwards reads the game so well and he makes great decisions with the ball,” Broken Arrow coach Shane Schwab said. “He’s a dual threat who can finish and can create. He isn’t very big physically, but he plays very big.”

The award recognizes outstanding athletic ability, high standards of academic excellence and exemplary character on and off the field.

Edwards has served in the student council, volunteered on behalf of a summer camp and maintains a 3.66 GPA. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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