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Football Players of the Year

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Left: DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR * Nick Nichols, Sikeston

School: Sikeston High School

Year: Senior

Height: 6-4

Weight: 195

Position: Defensive Lineman

Stats: Nichols was among the most dominant lineman in the state of

Missouri. The senior broke the Missouri high school football record for tackles for loss with 36 -- recently held by former Bulldog Treston Pulley. Nichols was also second on the team with 100 total tackles (79 solo), nine sacks and three forced fumbles.

Right: Offensive PLAYER OF THE YEAR * Kyland Gross, Sikeston

School: Sikeston High School

Year: Senior

Height: 5-10

Weight: 160

Position: Quarterback

Stats: Light on his feet and Sikeston's biggest playmaker, Gross led the Bulldogs' offense running for 1,521 yards and throwing for another 675 at the quarterback position. Gross set a school record for most rushing yards by a quarterback placing him sixth all-time for most rushing yards in a single season by a Sikeston player.

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