WHY HE IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Declo coach Kelly Kidd and his staff began game preparation each week with the same question: How would their opponent cover Hayden Hanson?
If a defense chose to use single coverage, Kidd made Hanson the go-to guy.
I dont believe anybody can single-cover him, Kidd said of the 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior receiver and defensive back.
Should an opponent go with double-coverage, Kidd let his ground game do the damage. It was a win-win situation for the Hornets, leading to their second state championship in a row and 2AAll-Idaho Player of the Year honors for Hanson.
JUST THE STATISTICS
29 catches, 692 yards, 23.9 yards per catch, eight TDs
58 tackles, six pass breakups, seven interceptions (one INT returned for a touchdown)
WHAT COACHES ARE SAYING
Hayden picked up where he left off a year ago. We counted on him to make spectacular catches in crucial points of a game. ... Not only on offense but defensively, he ended drives. I was confident that if West Side continued to throw the ball (in the championship game), Hayden would end their drive, and exactly the same as last years game, he picked them with a couple minutes left in the game. Kelly Kidd, Declo
We have played against him for four years now, and he has been a constant threat every year. He is a playmaker and very difficult to prepare for. He had another banner year as a defensive back. Brian Ayers, Valley
Hanson is equally involved in school activities outside of football, serving as student body vice president. He carries a 3.97 grade-point average, plays piano and is an Eagle Scout.
Hanson plans to go on a two-year LDS mission before going to college, where he wants to major in accounting.