THE WINNER: Caleb Kidder
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Capital (Helena, Mont.)
Position: Offensive guard/defensive end
Weight: 245 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Kidder led the Bruins to a 12-1 record and the Class AA state championship this past season. He amassed 97 tackles, 13 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles for the Capital defense. A three-time All-State selection, Kidder also recorded 45 pancake blocks on offense.
Academic excellence: Kidder has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Kidder has volunteered on behalf of local flood relief, youth sports programs and a school anti-drug initiative.
THE PRAISE: Russell McCarvel, head coach of rival Flathead (Kalispell, Mont.)
“Kidder is dominant on both sides of the ball, just a great, great player. He’s as good a two-way lineman as we’ve had in this league.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Kidder has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Montana beginning in the fall of 2012.