First year starting quarterback has big time season on the way to Offensive Player of the Year title.
This is a tough group to narrow down, numerous Colorado prep football players had big seasons that warrant this award. Parker Orms ran his team to the 4A state title on the strength of 3,000 rush yards. Josh Morton of Poudre had over 2,300 yards on the ground as he helped his Impalas to the 5A semifinals. Another senior offensive player who had a great closing campaign that led to a state title was Dakota Stonehouse of 3A champs Glenwood Springs. Stonehouse rushed for over 1,000 yards and threw for nearly 3,000 yards while scoring close to 50 touchdowns. The season of each of these players was great, but quarterback Bryan Peters of Rocky Mountain had a season that makes him the 2008 PrepColorado Offensive Player of the Year. Peters, who formally was an All-League defensive back, took the reigns of the Rocky Mountain offense and the Lobos never looked back.
Peters' play, as a first year starter, was crucial as Rocky Mountain needed a replacement for All-Stater Alex Kelly. Peters not only replaced Kelly, but added the element of running the ball to the quarterback position. A look at Peters this season shows great numbers that transferred to wins for the Lobos as they brought home a Front Range League title. For the season, Peters threw for over 2,600 yards and 31 scores. An added component that made Peters nearly impossible to defend was his ability to run the ball. The 6-2 190 pound athlete averaged over eight yards a carry as he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards on the season.
Beyond the numbers, Peters' ability to make the big play at the right moment helped him bring home this Player of the Year award. Often, if a defense had Peters' talented receivers covered, he would tuck the ball and make the back breaking big play. This ability to make the big play was coupled with a surgeon's efficiency as Peters completed over 60% of his passes while throwing only two interceptions on the season. This type of ball control coupled with the big numbers is astounding, considering Peters being a first year starter.
Colorado high school football fans were lucky to see Peters play QB one season, as he will put up his helmet and pads to play baseball at the University of Nebraska.