Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week - Hayden Piper

Nov 27, 2013 5:30 PM

The 2013 Northern Section 8-man football title belongs to Redding Christian.

At the forefront of the Lions success is quarterback Hayden Piper who came into the season determined to take care of some unfinished business.

In 2012, Redding Christian ended their season on the gridiron with a bad taste in their mouths.

In the Northern Section 8-man Semi-finals, quarterback Hayden Piper broke his collarbone, forcing him to miss the championship game, which turned into a 34-15 loss to Dunsmuir.

"It was more difficult emotionally than it was physically. you start asking questions like why is this happening? But in the end, I was blessed that I was a junior and I got another shot at it," said Piper.

Piper took advantage of that shot in a big way.

One year after watching helplessly from the sidelines, a healthy Piper and the Lions returned to the title game and pounded Butte Valley, 54-6.

"It's what we've been waiting to get this whole time, it's what we've been working for, so it was a blessing, it was huge," said Piper.

Throughout the big game, Piper picked a path all over the field, rushing for 312 yards on 34 carries and 5 touchdowns, while also passing for a touchdown and he returned an interception 99 yards for another touchdown as well.

The fantastic performance was icing on the cake for Piper and his teammates who waited a year to celebrate a title win.

"The bond that I have with these guys, the bond that we all have is going to go much further than the football field and it really was a family, we're a family, as much as I'm going to miss it we're going to enjoy getting back together in 10 years and talking about it," said Piper.

Next year, Piper, who carries a 3.4 GPA, says he wants to keep playing football but he doesn't know where quite yet.

In the meantime, he's going to focus on his studies and continue to bask in the glory of a season he'll never forget.


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