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Former Falcon enjoys success in Oklahoma
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Former Ceres Falcons youth football player Stephen Wiggins and his family relocated from California to Oklahoma three years ago.

Wiggins just completed his senior season at Woodland High School. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder played a major role in leading the Cougars' varsity squad to a 14-1 record, Class A state final appearance and District A6 championship.

"We knew we would be good but we didn't know how good," Stephen said. "We graduated many starters. It felt really good knowing I could help out the team."

Wiggins started on both offense and defense. The standout fullback and outside linebacker handled kicking duties as well.

"I didn't come off the field unless we were winning by a lot," said Stephen, who played off and on at middle linebacker and every third play at receiver as a junior.

Wiggins was one of the featured ball carriers in Woodland's Wing-T offense this year.

He ran for a team-high 795 yards and 24 touchdowns en route to earning District A6 Offensive Player of the Year and All-Star honors. He had five interceptions on the season, including two returned for TDs.

"I didn't expect to get all of that stuff," he said. "It was the best feeling of my life."

The state championship game pitted Wiggins and No. 2 Woodland against fleet-footed quarterback Dalton Brewer and 10th-ranked Okeene in front of a large crowd at Putham City Stadium on Dec. 8 in Oklahoma City.

"People finally started hearing about us and wanted to see how good we were," Stephen said. "I've never experienced anything like that."

The Cougars lost 31-0 to the Whippets (13-2).

Brewer tallied 181 yards with four touchdowns, including three rushing and one passing.

"We should have won," said Wiggins, who was limited to just 10 yards of offense in the loss. "They caught us on a bad day. We didn't play our game. We played sloppy."

The previous week, Stephen and the Cougars topped Hominy 31-7 in the state semifinals.

Wiggins had a memorable day as he totaled 133 yards, scored on a 5-yard run, booted a 24-yard field goal and kicked four extra points. He also had a 63-yard reception and an interception.

"I didn't have that big of a game," said Stephen, who racked up six TDs in four playoff contests.

Wiggins has yet to receive any offers to compete at the collegiate level. In the meantime, Stephen will continue his prep athletic career with basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring.

"I still have two sports left," he said.