The WSN 8-Player Football Awards were launched in 2016 to recognize the outstanding players participating in reduced player football. Awards presented will be Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. All players are eligible regardless of grade level.
Each year, a preseason Watch List will be produced, then narrowed down to five finalists to be announced after the first week of playoff games. Winners will be announced the week following the 8-Player State Championship.
These awards are not associated with any conference nor the WFCA awards, and are presented independently by WisSports.net.
Riley Christensen of Belmont has been selected as the 2019 8-Player Football Offensive Player of the Year by WisSports.net.
Christensen was perhaps the most versatile offensive weapon in the state this year, recording a rushing, passing, and receiving touchdown in the same game on three different occasions.
For the season the 6-1, 210-pound junior completed 50-of-107 passes for 854 yards and 11 touchdowns, had 1,960 yards and 30 touchdowns on 250 carries, and caught six passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns as Belmont advanced to the state semi-finals.
Christensen was recently named one of just six, 8-Player selections to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Small School All-State Team, and one of only two choices on offense.
Other finalists for the award included Jack Anderson of Alma Center Lincoln, Ben Bates of Newman Catholic, Ozur Kepler of Wisconsin Heights, and Logan Stuart of Suring.
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