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Natrona Mustang running back Brett Brenton (4) celebrates after scoring the team's second touchdown against the Cheyenne East Thunderbirds during their game Friday night, Nov. 3, 2017.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

Natrona County senior running back Brett Brenton was named the 2017-18 Gatorade Wyoming Football Player of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced on Monday.

Brenton became the seventh player from Natrona County to win the award, following the names of Brecken Biggs (2012-13), Jim Shellenberger (2010-11), Tommy Earl (2008-09), J.C. Navarro (2003-04), Jesse Brownell (2000-01) and Josh Kalinowski (1994-95).

The senior ran for 1,832 yards and 25 touchdowns this season and helped the Mustangs return to the Class 4A state championship. He was previously named the Star-Tribune Super 25 Offensive Player of the Year. Brenton is also a two-time all-state selection.

Brenton’s rushing numbers led Class 4A most of the season, finishing with 152.7 yards per game. Overall, he averaged 207.0 all-purpose yards with 28 touchdowns.

The award is also given to high school athletes who display academic achievement and exemplary character. Brenton maintains a 3.7 GPA at Natrona County and volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club of America.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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