High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Capital

Montana Football POY: Caleb Kidder

December, 1, 2011
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A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Caleb Kidder

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Capital (Helena, Mont.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Offensive guard/defensive end
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 245 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Kidder led the Bruins to a 12-1 record and the Class AA state championship this past season. He amassed 97 tackles, 13 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles for the Capital defense. A three-time All-State selection, Kidder also recorded 45 pancake blocks on offense.

Academic excellence: Kidder has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Kidder has volunteered on behalf of local flood relief, youth sports programs and a school anti-drug initiative.

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Eye on POY: Montana football

November, 23, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program's selection process.

Caleb Kidder
Senior guard/defensive end, Capital High (Helena, MT)

2011 Team record: 12-1
2011 Team standing: Defeated Billings West in state title game, 39-14

2011 Tackles: 97
2011 Sacks: 13
2011 Forced fumbles: 6

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Montana (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Three-time All-State selection; Four-time Academic All-State; Helped Capital to 330 rushing yards in state title game.

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