Running back Colton Mason was an "impact player" for Gilbert
Many factors played a role in the Gilbert Indians’ run to the Class 3A Lower State title game.
The most obvious was head coach Chad Leaphart’s decision to move Colton Mason from lineback to running back.
Putting the feet-footed, hard-running Mason in the backfield more than paid dividends for Gilbert. His 1,731 rushing yards were the 2nd most in Chronicle Country this season and included a 314-yard, 4-touchdown performance in a win over Brookland-Cayce.
“That’s the game where I really kind of showed out you could say and I really gained confidence the rest of the season and realized what kind of team we had," Mason said.
Gilbert went on to post its 2nd undefeated regular season in school history and finished 8-1.
“Colton had a huge impact on the success of our team this year,” Leaphart said. “We really were able to lean on him to carry our offense running the football and the success at that helped our passing game.”
As of Tuesday, Mason had a preferred walk on offer from The Citadel.
He’s hoping his work ethic, both on and off the field, and willingness to adjust to any position would inspire more interest in the coming days.
“Colton has a great work ethic and that will really help him in college,” Leaphart said. “He had a very good junior year and then had a great senior year.
“His willingness to put in the work and better himself everyday will definitely make a difference for him in college and life.”