KUSA – Andrew ‘Dewey’ Wingard from Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colo. has been named Colorado’s 2014 Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior running back/defensive back has committed to the University of Wyoming.
Dewey rushed for 1,653 yards and 28 touchdowns on 190 carries this past season. On defense, he recorded 96 tackles, three interceptions and forced a fumble. Get to know Dewey a little better, and read more about him here.
Dewey also helped lead the Mustangs to the Class 5A state semifinals, and finished the year with a nearly perfect 12-1 record. Ralston Valley’s only loss came from the semifinal match against Cherry Creek High School – the team that went on to win the 5A state championship.
For a player with such local and national attention as Dewey, it’s a tad amusing, and maybe even a little surprising, that a whole bunch of people didn’t even know how to correctly pronounce his last name – is it Win-gard, or Wing-ard? 9NEWS reported, “Everyone gets it wrong. P-A announcers. Play-by-play guys. Our own Aaron Matas got it wrong as early as September during the Prep Rally. Even Andrew’s coaches got it wrong.”
As if Gatorade POY honors isn’t a nice enough addition to the high school resume, you can also vote for Dewey Wingard as the 9NEWS high school player with the most impressive football season here.
USA Today High School Sports reports the Gatorade POYs “were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.” Check out the other state by state Gatorade POYs here.
Photos courtesy of Anthony Rael.