Valor Christian’s Gavin Sawchuk earns back-to-back Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year awards

For the second straight year, Valor Christian running back Gavin Sawchuk was named the Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year.

The Oklahoma-bound senior had 284 carries for 2,004 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns on the ground, leading the Eagles to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the Class 5A championship where they lost to Cherry Creek, 21-0. He also added 10 catches for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“Gavin is an exceptional talent,” Eagles head coach Donnie Yantis said in a news release. “He is, without question, the best running back I have ever coached.”

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Sawchuk is the first Colorado player to win back-to-back awards since former Valor Christian standout Christian McCaffrey in 2012-14. Former Cherry Creek running back Darnell McDonald also received consecutive honors in 1995-97.

Sawchuk is also the third Valor Christian player to be honored, joining Christian and Dylan McCaffrey.

In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Sawchuk also maintains a weighted 3.64 grade-point average and is a member of the Valor Christian Cum Laude Society.

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