Burroughs High football Coach Keith Knoop was ready for some debate when the football coaches from the Pacific League met to determine who would be named the player of the year.
Knoop came prepared with a wealth of information and statistics in his effort to push for Indians senior running back Zander Anding to win the league's top honor. He made a convincing argument why his player deserved the accolade.
"In the meeting when we talked about our players, I told them the kind of numbers that Zander was able to put up are unpresented," Knoop said. "No one has ever done this before and I don't think anybody will ever do it again."
The rest of the coaches agreed, as only one beside Knoop — we wasn't allowed to vote for his own player — voted Anding as this season's Pacific League Player of the Year.
The season Anding had was nothing short of remarkable. He shattered school records, set the single-season league rushing record, finished first in the state in two rushing categories and was No. 1 in the country in yards per carry.