MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Gatorade on Monday recognized Martinsburg quarterback Tyson Bagent as the recipient of its football player of the year award for West Virginia.
The talented, 6-foot-4, 210 pound senior quarterback accounted for 3,380 offensive yards, 49 total touchdowns and threw just four interceptions as the Bulldogs won a second straight Class AAA state title. Bagent overall completed 72 percent of his passes on the year as well.
“I think my sophomore and junior years were a learning experience and it was fun,” Bagent said after the state title win. “I think this senior year I cracked the code and figured a lot of things out. I think it’s going to help excel me into the next level.”
Bagent last week finished as runner-up in the MetroNews High School Football Player of the Year voting behind Bluefield’s Mookie Collier. Collier edged Bagent by just four points and four first place votes on a panel of 30 radio broadcasters and sportswriters across the state.
The Kennedy Award will be announced later this month.
He follows last year’s Gatorade winner from West Virginia, also from Martinsburg, receiver Isaac Brown. As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Bagent will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program.
Exiting the Super Six, Bagent said his main scholarship offers were from Albany and Shepherd.