The Gatorade State Football Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the list of the other 2015-16 Gatorade State Football POY’s, click here.
THE WINNER: Ty Pigrome
School: Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Cougars to a 14-0 record and a berth in the Class 6A state championship game against Spanish Fort High, scheduled for Dec. 4. At the time of his selection, Pigrome had completed 161-of-242 passes for 2,866 yards and 41 touchdowns while rushing for 1,225 yards and 17 touchdowns on 138 carries. The 2014 Class 6A Back of the Year and AL.com Player of the Year, he accounted for 18 touchdowns in the Cougars’ first four playoff games.
Academic excellence: Pigrome has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: A member of the Youth Leadership Development Council in Birmingham, he has also volunteered locally as a youth football coach.
“Ty Pigrome is what makes their offense go,” said Matt Glover, head coach of Pinson Valley High. “He is the best player in the state of Alabama, and I don’t believe second place is even close. They have the best offense that I have ever coached against, and he is the reason they are that good.”
THE FUTURE: Pigrome remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.