This past season was, in my estimation, one of the most competitive in recent Colorado football history and it created a ton of great performances, so here is a look at the candidates for PrepColorado's 2008 Player of the Year award.
Parker Orms 5-11 185 Senior Wheat Ridge High School
I have coached, watched and written about football for a long time and I'm not sure if I can remember a better season for a player than the one that Parker Orms put together this past campaign. When I think of Parker's game two things stand out; first, he is a football player. He is not an offensive player, defensive player, he does it all. Even after his 3,000 yard rush season I still believe he is a better defensive back than running back. Second, he is super clutch. How many times, on big downs, did everyone on the opposing defense know Parker was going to get the ball and yet he still made the play? The ultimate example of this was his 56 yard touchdown run in the final seconds of the 4A state championship game
Bryan Peters 6-2 180 Senior Rocky Mountain High School
Bryan Peters is a great athlete, no questions asked. The Nebraska bound baseballer's ability to make plays with his arm and with his legs allowed him to compile over 3,000 yards of total offense and score nearly 40 touchdowns for his league champion Rocky Mountain squad. Beyond his great numbers, what impressed me most about Peters' game this year was efficiency. Peters threw 31 TD passes against only two interceptions.
Dakota Stonehouse 5-11 180 Senior Glenwood Springs High School
Stonehouse's numbers this season are like something off of a video game. Nearly 4,000 yards of total offense to go with 48 touchdowns. More importantly, Stonehouse's production led to a 3A state title. Over the past two seasons, as the Demon's QB, Stonehouse has compiled a 25-1 record.
Tommy Flanagan 5-10 190 Senior Bear Creek High School
Bear Creek did not have the type of season that many people, myself innculed, thought that they would have, but that does not take the shine off of what Tommy Flanagan accomplished not only this year but during his career. If you break down Flanagan's numbers what is most impressive is that he is an All-State candidate as a receiver and back. As a receiver, Flanagan has put up nearly 170 career receptions. Flanagan caught 50 or more balls each of the last two seasons. For his career he has caught 24 touchdown passes and averaged nearly 17 yards a catch. As a runner, Flanagan has over 4,000 career rush yards and has rushed for over 1,300 yards each of the last two seasons to go with over 50 career rushing touchdowns. Also don't forget that Flanagan has spent time as the Bear Creek punter, kicker and has played some defensive back. I think coach Thenell would tell you he has gotten the most out of Flanagan during his four year career as starter.
Josh Morton 6-0 190 Senior Poudre High School
Poudre was too good to be called a surprise team, but the Front Range squad made a late season run during playoffs that took them to the 5A semifinals where they lost to eventual champs Mullen. Offensively, the key piece to Poudre's success was the work of running back Josh Morton. Morton combined the ability to make the big play with the ability to grind out a game with a ton of carries. Morton had over 2,300 rush yards to go with 28 scores. Seven times on the season Morton rushed for over 200 yards and six times he carried the ball more than 25 times.This is a great group of players!! I can't lie though, I have already made up my mind on who the PrepColorado Player of the Year will be, but I would like to hear what you have to say, so click the link below and get on the message board and let us know what you think.
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