Running Back, Palmyra

RATIONALE: How's this for football irony... the most explosive weapon in the Tri States this season was "technically" the third option on his own team this season; at least if you put any credence into total rushing attempts.

Which makes it a frightening to consider what Caleb Kizer might have done in a less cluttered offensive backfield, if he hadn't been splitting carries with both Josh Hultz and Brock Butler. Heck, it was frightening enough for Palmyra opponents what the kid did on just 134 total attempts this season; though I am quite certain it felt like much more than that to the defenses who tried futilely to stop the Panther Speedster.

The numbers Kizer produced are staggering. He had 24 rushing touchdowns on the season, meaning he scored the football at an area best rate of once every 5 and half carries. His per rush average of 10.5 yards per carry was also among the highest in the region as well. And his versatility was tremendous. Caleb ended this season with 2165 All Purpose Yards; a stat that encompasses his work as a receiving threat out of the backfield and his special teams contributions. He produced 15 catches in the Palmyra passing game, good for 320 yards (at a team best rate 21 yards per catch) and a pair of touchdowns. He added a 27th total touchdown with a punt return for score against Centralia in Week Two. In all, those stats breakdown to roughly 166 yards of total offense per game in fueling a Panther Offense that averaged 45 points per contest. He was essentially the straw that stirred the drink for the Panther attack and was recognized as such by League Coaches, who named Caleb Kizer the Clarence Cannon Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

And while it holds less bearing on this award, Kizer's all around abilities as a total football player should not be dismissed in the equation of figuring just what he meant to his team. That same hallmark quickness and aggression netted the Blackshirt Defense 75 total tackles, nine stops for loss, and a pair of interceptions. Bottom line, Caleb Kizer was as a good a pure football player as any who laced up cleats in the Tri States this season and a deserving honoree as you 2013 KHQA Missouri/Iowa Offensive MVP{>}

Runner-Up: Mitch Nichols, Hannibal

Viewer Vote: Caleb Kizer, Palmyra

Past Winners:

2012: Austin Egley, Clark County

2011: Scott Kroeger, Clopton/Elsberry

2010: Mark Nemes, Hannibal

2009: Justin Alderton, Clark County

2008: Shawn Maloney, Monroe City

2007: James Hurt, Keokuk

2006: James Vandenberg, Keokuk

2005: Josh Roberts, Clark County

2004: Jared Bichsel, Monroe City

2003: Aaron Bergeson, Hannibal

2002: Clint Carroz, Mark Twain

2001: Wentric Williams, Hannibal

2000: Will Clayton, Hannibal

1999: Matt Paris, Monroe City

1998: Craig Lewis, Keokuk

1997: Ryan Watson, Monroe City