Lake Oswego's Casey Filkins wins Oregon Sports Awards Prep Football Player of the Year award
Lake Oswego running back Casey Filkins didn't leave anything on the table during his junior year.
Filkins, following his incredibly successful junior campaign, was named Three Rivers League Offensive Player of the Year, was tabbed as a member of the Class 6A all-state first team and USA Today all-state first team, accepted an invitation to play in the 2020 Adidas All-American Bowl and was selected Oregon 6A Offensive Player of the Year.
Filkins — a 5-foot-11, 180-pound incoming senior who led the Lakers to the 2018 Class 6A state championship — added yet another award to his crowded trophy case in July when he was named the Oregon Sports Awards' Prep Football Player of the Year.
"I feel honored to receive this award," said Filkins, who has committed to play in college at Cal-Berkeley. "I look at it as a reflection of the countless hours I've put in to reach the point I have."
While his senior season still lies ahead, Filkins has already accomplished a lot in his high school career. En route to all the awards and recognition that accompanied his 2018 season, Filkins led the Lakers in rushing with 1,160 yards and 28 touchdowns on just 171 carries — good for a 6.8 yards per carry average. He was also Lake Oswego's second-leading receiver, catching 48 passes for another 869 yards and nine more TDs.
"The key to my junior-year success was my coaches and the team I had around me."
— Casey Filkins
And he was at his best in the Lakers' 34-27 state championship win over Sheldon. Against the Irish, Filkins carried 16 times for 90 yards and four touchdowns, caught five passes for another 77 yards and his team's other score and just for good measure, scored his team's other two points on a two-point conversion catch.
"The key to my junior-year success was my coaches and the team I had around me," Filkins said. "We were so talented in all aspects and our coaches were able to put together the best game plans for us to succeed as a whole.
"This award is a reflection of the success we had as a team this past year. Without them, I would not be in this position at all. I'm honored to represent my team."
As great as all that was, Filkins is now focused on his upcoming senior season, the work that he continues to put in and — Filkins and Lakers hope — more greatness to come.
"I'm never going to be satisfied. … My success comes from all of the work I put in before and during the year," he said, crediting the assistance he's gotten from Erik Jernstrom, Director of Sports Performance at EForce Sport. "(But) there's a lot of work to be put in. We can't just show up and expect to win."
Indeed, Lake Oswego will need to keep working after graduating players who won all-TRL honors at 16 spots from its state-title team. That said, the Lakers bring back another seven all-leaguers and plan to be back in the midst of the TRL race again in 2019.
"I couldn't be more excited for my senior year. This year is going to be special, championship or not," he said. "Obviously, coming off the year we had, expectations are high. But they're even higher in our locker room. We're coming for it all again. With the players and coaches we have, I'm confident we should have another good year."
Filkins won the Oregon Sports Awards' Prep Football Player of the Year honor over finalists Michael Johnson Jr. of Sheldon and Nate Overholt of Wilsonville.
Additional nominees for the Prep Football Player of the Year award were Patrick Herbert (Sheldon), Ethan Long (West Linn), Blake Markham (Banks), John Miller (Tualatin), Justice Pagan (Clackamas), Jake Reilly (Thurston) and Joey Tripp (Rainier).
Filkins also nearly picked up a second Oregon Sports Award in July. He finished second to Benson High track and field sprinter Micah Williams in the Johnny Carpenter 6A/5A Prep Boys Athlete of the Year vote.
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