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.
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THE WINNER: Skylar Thompson
School: Fort Osage (Independence, Mo.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Indians (13-1) to the Class 5 state championship this past season. In the 63-28, title-clinching win over Chaminade, Thompson completed 13-of-15 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns in addition to rushing for 202 yards and three scores on 22 carries, setting a state championship game record with 455 yards of total offense. A returning Class 5 First Team All-State selection as named by the Missouri Football Coaches Association, Thompson threw for 2,112 yards and 25 touchdowns against just three interceptions on 138-of-204 passing (67.7 percent) in 14 games. The national Elite 11 quarterback camp participant also rushed for 1,092 yards and 19 touchdowns on 188 carries.
Academic excellence: Also a basketball standout, Thompson has maintained a 3.48 weighted GPA and served as a member of the National Honor Society.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered on behalf of the Special Olympics and as part of an adopt-a-family program during the holidays.
“For four years Skylar has been a model of consistency and hard work for Fort Osage’s football program,” said Leon Douglas, head coach at rival North Kansas City. “He has tremendous talent, yet he’s down to earth and approachable. In my opinion, he’s been the best football player in the area for the last two years.”
THE FUTURE: Thompson has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at Kansas State University in the fall of 2016.