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Lanett’s Kristian Story named Gatorade Player of the Year

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Birmingham, AL – After taking home the AHSAA 1A championship game MVP award Thursday night, Lanett quarterback Kristan Story has been named the 2019 Gatorade Alabama Football Player of the Year.

The quarterback posted north of 4,000 yards in his senior season while leading the Lanett Panthers to a perfect 14-0 record and 41-30 win over defending champion Mars Hill Bible in the 2019 Super 7.

Story drops back to pass in Lanett’s 41-30 victory over Mars Hill Bible in the 2019 1A state title game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Brant Berry | PrepsNet

During his senior season, the Alabama commit set new AHSAA records for total touchdowns (175) and yards of total offense (13,219). During his MVP performance Thursday at Jordan-Hare, Story played both was, racking up 359 yards on offense while recording nine tackles, recovering a fumble and pulling down an interception on defense.

In a news release Valley High School head coach Buster Daniel said. “Kristian is the kind of player who is hard to defend. He prolongs plays with his feet, gets out of the pocket and throws the ball downfield, or he just out thinks you. He’s a complete player.”

The Gatorade Player of the Year Award honors players who have combined athletic excellence, community service and academic success. The last two Gatorade award winners, Pinson Valley’s Bo Nix and Austin’s Asa Martin, also won Alabama’s Mr. Football award.