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: JoJo Domann
School: Pine Creek (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Position: Running back, wide receiver and defensive back
Weight: 212 pounds
Athletic achievement: He caught 33 passes for 674 yards and nine touchdowns this past season, leading the Eagles (12-1) to the Class 4A state semifinals. Domann also rushed 36 times for 402 yards and 11 touchdowns. On defense, the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl game selection, recorded 34 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. As a kicker, he averaged 42.9 yards per punt and connected on 34-of-37 extra points and 3-of-6 field goals with a long of 43 yards.
Academic excellence: Domann has maintained a weighted 3.54 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of DECA at Pine Creek High, he has volunteered locally as a youth football coach and mentor.
“JoJo Domann is fast, strong and athletic,” said Ron Woitaleewicz, head coach of Dakota Ridge High. “He made a play in our game where he jumped up over our defensive back and made a highlight-reel catch and then kept his balance and ran it in for a touchdown. Right then I thought to myself that this kid is special.”
THE FUTURE: Domann has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Nebraska in the fall of 2016.