Player Of The Year: Coltin Gerhart

Few players could have done what Coltin Gerhart did this season.

A three-year starting quarterback at Norco, Gerhart transferred to Vista Murrieta on led the Broncos to a Southwestern League title and the CIF-Southern Section Inland Division title game, and he did it in his own two-dimensional way, running for 1,418 yards and 25 TDs to go along with steady passing numbers.

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But then the plot thickens, and is why he is FOMB’s 2013 Inland Area Player Of The Year.

He went back to Norco and beat his old team in the semifinals, a twist ending to his family’s long history at the school.

Nobody else did that.

Tre Watson may have had ungodly numbers (he did), and Brett Hollingsworth transferred and won a CIF title, but nobody was carrying the weight Gerhart had on his shoulders.

This season was about more for Gerhart. Even with his transfer it was about more than the weight of his commitment to Arizona State for both baseball and football.

it was about the weight of defining his own legacy in just one season, and suddenly doing it away from the only school he’s ever known.

After all, his brothers had become NFL players ahead of him at Norco, his sisters NCAA Division 1 softball players after distinguished careers as Cougars.

They were great athletes. He’s the youngest.

And he did it anyway, completing 60 percent of his passes for 20 TDs and more than 1,700 yards as the Broncos finished 12-2 in his one and only season.

He’s not finished, though. Baseball season is about to pick up.

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