Locust Grove QB Mason Fine Is OK Gatorade Player of the Year


Mason Fine is a few games away from knowing how it feels to be an undefeated champion.

The 6-foot, 165 lb. junior at Locust Grove High School in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, has lead his team to a 13-0 record with two games, the Class 3A semifinals being one, left in the season (according to, the Locust Grove-Heritage Hall game scheduled for December 5 was postponed for legal reasons).

He has set two state single-season passing records to become the first player in state history to surpass the 4,000 passing yards mark or throw for 60 touchdowns in a season. With two games left of the season, Fine already has 4,445 passing yards and 65 touchdowns. He’s thrown only 5 interceptions (292-425 passing) and ran for 541 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

And if that’s not impressive enough, Fine is ranked No.1 in his class with a 4.0 GPA and serves as junior class president. He also finds time to volunteer on behalf of the National Honor Society and for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

FIne, and enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, grew up playing 8-man football, “Football’s always been No.1 in my heart, so I’m always going to be focused on football before anything else,” Fine told the Tulsa World. Fine has been named Gatorade Oklahoma Football Player of the Year, an honor bestowed on the state’s best high school player; and it is awarded to a player who has high standards of academic achievement and good character on and off the field.

“Mason Fine is an excellent player and competitor,” Sequoyah-Tahlequah coach Shane Richardson told “He is probably the best quarterback I’ve coached against. He has set records in Oklahoma this year. You can tell he is the leader of his team by watching them feed off of his energy.

“He is an absolute nightmare to prepare for and, at the same time, fun as heck to watch.”

Now in contention for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Award, Fine could join an elite group of alumni players, including Peyton Manning, Mark Sanchez, Wes Welker, Emmitt Smith, Jerome Bettis, Terrell Suggs, and Anquan Boldin.

As a sophomore, Fine said, “I want throw accuracy, I want everything to be right on the money.”

So far, so good.