Bailey Stockton showed last week why he deserved to be named Region 8-A-Private’s Athlete of the Year.

He helped lead Prince Avenue Christian School football past the second round of the state playoffs with a career performance.

As the Wolverines completed a 52-0 victory over Brookstone last Friday, Stockton proved himself play after play. He recorded a career-high 146 receiving yards and reached 20 career touchdowns during the night.

“He’s a headsy football player and understands our scheme and knows when to convert his route and knows when to get in the throwing lane,” said Prince Avenue Christian head football coach Greg Vandagriff.

Stockton showed off his defensive abilities in the game as well.

He forced two turnovers in the second half alone: a forced fumble and recovery, and his first career pick-six with a 55-yard return.

Afterward, Stockton credited the team’s coaching staff for his success on the field.

“Our defensive coach had a great game plan,” Stockton said. “I feel like the coaches knew all the scripts to the plays [Brookstone] had.”

Stockton is a junior, and Vandagriff said Stockton was one of only two starting sophomores in last season’s state championship run.

This year, he’s shown how he’s improved and why he deserved to be Region Athlete of the Year.

“He’s just matured and gotten better and just continues to get better just like you’d expect,” Vandagriff said.

After Prince Avenue Christian’s opening playoff opponent forfeited the first-round game, Stockton had an extra week of practice and turned immediately to preparing for the Cougars. It paid off last Friday night.

“It was good because I know we put in everything during practice and we put it out on the field,” Stockton said. “ I kind of knew what they were going to run just from watching film and doing it all practice, so I just feel like it all connected out there.”

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