David Reeder

Special to the Grove Sun

JENKS-2010 Colcord graduates Jim Sixkiller and Jordan Cowan just thought their high school football careers had ended on a cold Friday night last November in Verdigris. 

But that all changed on Monday August 25, when Hornet Head Coach Bud Simmons got a call from Oklahoma Football Coach’s Association President Dewayne King.  King, it turned out, wanted to extend an invitation to the gifted pair of Colcord athletes to play in the Annual McDonald’s All-State Football game on Friday July 30, at Jenks’s Hunter-Dwelley Stadium.  Sixkiller and Cowan responded with a resounding yes and thus became only the fourth and fifth All-State football players in Colcord history.

Battling through injuries, Sixkiller was a mainstay on both sides of the ball known for his team leadership both on and off the playing field. While shoring up the offensive middle the powerful Hornet alum also had 22 tackles and 28 assists while on defense. 

Cowan, who led Colcord in virtually every defensive category played in all 11 games and notched 57 tackles and 93 assists to go with a pair of sacks.  And when #21 wasn’t making stops he did his share of blocking and rushing on offense.  Averaging nearly six yards on each of his 43 carries, Cowan also scored three touchdowns along the way in the 2009 campaign.

Playing for the blue clad East All-State squad in Friday‘s contest, both of the Hornet stars acquitted themselves well among the deep pool of blue chip talent.

And according to Coach Simmons, “Both of them mixed it up well.”

Cowan would eventually get credited with four tackles and a critical 4th quarter fumble recovery.  While Cowan stood out on defense, Sixkiller shored up the offensive line by alternately manning center and blocking positions on either side, when not handling the snapping duties. Despite the big efforts by the Colcord duo, the East squad would fall to the West All-Staters by a 21-20 final score, prompting long time observers to comment that Friday’s contest was one of the best All-State games played in a long time.

Both Cowan and Sixkiller intend to prolong their respective scholastic and football careers next season at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.