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2011 BCH Sports Players Of The Year

AHS running back Paxton Grayer, Snyder quarterback Keenon Ward, Eastland quarterback Trent Brittain, and Stamford quarterback Hagen Hutchinson are the BCH Sports Players of the Year.
Let's kick it off in Class 5A with Abilene High running back Paxton Grayer. Grayer took over as the Eagles starting running back from Hershel Sims. So, he had big shoes to fill, and he did a great job. Grayer rushed for 1,590 yards and 24 touchdowns while splitting time with Marcel Porter. He added 4 touchdowns receiving. His coach even said he was running as well as sims did in 2009. That is high praise, and keep in mind, Grayer was gimpy the last game and a half of the year...

The Class 3A Player of the Year starts a sting of quarterbacks. Snyder's Keenon Ward was the dominant player in Class 3A in the Big Country in 2011. The future Texas Tech Red Raider carried the load for Snyder. Ward carried the ball 257 times for head coach Chad Rogers for 2361 yards and 28 touchdowns. The 2nd leading rusher for Snyder had 711 yards. You can add over 1-thousand yards passing and 14 touchdowns. That's 34-hundred total yards and 42 touchdowns, and Snyder won the District 5-3A championship.

We go to Eastland for the BCH Player of the Year for Class 2A. Quarterback Trent Brittain was head and shoulders the best player in Class 2A in the 2011 season. Brittain threw for a Big Country best 3,459 yards and 41 touchdowns. Brittain was the leading rusher for the Mavericks with over 1-thousand yards and 16 touchdowns. Great numbers, but what did the Mavericks get out of them. They beat top ranked Godley and won District 4-2A Div. I, they were ranked #1 in the state for 5 weeks by Harris and they advanced 3 rounds deep in the playoffs.

Hagan Hutchinson is the Big Country Sports Class A Player of the Year. Hutchinson entered the season as a player to watch, and if you were watching, you saw quite a show. Big Hutch threw for 3202 yards and 37 touchdowns, and he only threw 7 interceptions in 300 attempts. The Bulldogs junior added 1097 yards and 21 more touchdowns. The numbers are great, but more importantly, Hutchinson led Stamford to the state championship game in 2011. It's their 1st trip to the title game since 1959.

Related story: BCH Sports Teams of the Year
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