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 2020 8-Player Football Offensive Player of the Year by WisSports.net.
The returning WSN 8-Player Offensive Player of the Year, Christensen did damage with his arm and his legs once again. He led the state in rushing with 1,372 yards and 26 touchdowns on 118 carries (11.6 yard average), and greatly improved his passing this season, completing 67.3% of his passes for 478 yards and nine scores with no interceptions.
In two years of 8-player football, he accumulated 4,901 total yards of offense and was responsible for 79 touchdowns.
As a junior in 2019, rushing, passing, and receiving touchdown in the same game on three different occasions. He finished that year with 854 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, with 1,960 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground to go with three receiving touchdowns.
Christensen was recently named the Player fo the Year in the Southern-8 Conference. In the season-ending 24-20 win over previously unbeaten Gilman, he had 347 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries to help the Braves cap off an undefeated season.
Other finalists for the award included Cooper Bredlau of Greenwood, Wyatt Jensen of Luck, Charlie McCarty of Newman Catholic, and Tanner Opsal of McDonell Central.
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