Oklahoma All-State Football 2018: Rejoice Christian's Andrew Crow didn't expect to produce the kind of numbers he did
Running back Andrew Crow didn't expect to put up the kind of statistics that he did for Rejoice Christian in his senior season.
Crow rushed for 2,621 yards and scored 43 touchdowns. He led Rejoice Christian to the Class A state semifinals and was named to The Oklahoman's All-State team as a kick returner.
He credits his offensive line for his offensive explosion during the season.
"The guys paved the way for me," Crow said. "Up front, we really took it to another level this year. The guys up front really blocked for me well and we were able to pass pretty well so teams couldn't load the box. I was able to kind of run all over everybody pretty much all year."
Perhaps Crow's best game in a season of highlights was the victory over Commerce that essentially sealed the district title for Rejoice Christian. He scored six touchdowns that night, five on runs of 17, 3, 13, 12 and 28 yards.
His sixth touchdown came on a kickoff return as the Owasso school defeated Commerce 56-38.
But Crow said his favorite moment was the 33-14 victory over Crossings Christian in the state quarterfinals. Crow rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns in the game plus intercepting a pass on defense.
"Once we won that third-round game, I really thought we were going to win the whole thing," Crow said. "It was a feeling I really can't describe. It was one of the best feelings of my whole high school life in general because we were going to the semifinals. It was real special.”
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Third-ranked Rejoice Christian was upset by unranked Christian Heritage, 33-14, in the semifinals as Crow was held to 67 yards on 18 carries. The Crusaders made sure Crow would not beat them.
"They only showed seven in the box at first which is still a lot but we thought we could run all over them. We have all year," Crow said. "But they would send their two safeties in off the snap and pretty much had nine in the box and we only had five or six guys to block.
"There was really no where for me to run all night. They pretty much came in with a game plan that they were not going to let me beat them and make us pass. We just couldn't get it done. They put a good game plan together.
"Obviously, we wanted to finish the season off with a state championship, but looking back we had an awesome run.”
Crow is unsure what his football future will be, but he is determined to play somewhere in college.
Crow said he has a few offers from small schools plus Central Oklahoma and Pittsburg State have shown interest. Crow wants to play Division I football. He said he will walk-on at Oklahoma or Oklahoma State if he doesn't get a scholarship offer to his liking.
Playing Division One football is the goal and Crow is confident he can play at that level.
"I think I am overlooked because I am at a smaller school," Crow said. "I definitely see guys I have competed against and I feel like I am just as talented as them and they have some D-1 offers on the table. Not to sound cocky, but I am pretty confident I can compete at most levels.”
He played both side of the ball in high school but would like to keep carrying and catching the ball in college.
"Running back or receiver, I just love the ball in my hands," he said.