BLITZ Soccer Player of the Year – Hayden Gensler

Setting school records is fun. Winning a region title and making a deep playoff run is even more fun. Just ask Hayden Gensler. The Warriors’ senior scored goals at an alarming rate, and found time to share the ball with others too, earning himself the coveted BLITZ Player of the Year award.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • 38 Goals
  • 11 Assists
  • 49 Points

Gensler found the back of the net almost at will, scoring 38 goals and adding 11 helpers for a grand total of 49 points.

VOTING RESULTS

  1. Hayden Gensler – 46 pts (6 1st-place votes)
  2. Max Farris – 35.5 (4)
  3. Peyton Barrett – 27
  4. Adam Hayes – 20 (1)
  5. Aaron Helton – 16.5 (1)
  6. Caleb Bonesteel – 11 (1)

Gensler edged out Tallulah Falls’ Max Farris, though 5 of the finalists all earned at least one 1st-place vote.

Voting included our 13-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts; 7th-8th: 0.25 pts

HISTORY OF SOCCER POY

  • 2021 – Hayden Gensler – White County SR F
  • 2020 – Brandon Hudson – Jefferson SR F
  • 2019 – Brian Smith – Union County SR F
  • 2018 – Chris Keys – Lumpkin County SR F
  • 2017 – Dennis Pyetsukh – Dawson County JR F
  • 2016 – Dennis Pyetsukh – Dawson County SO F
  • 2015 – Brandon Lund – Dawson County SR F
  • 2014 – Brandon Lund – Dawson County JR F
  • 2013 – Brooks Fulford – Dawson County JR GK
  • 2012 – Jose Lara – Habersham Central SR F
  • 2011 – Vincent Thomas – Union County SR M
  • 2010 – Nolan & Sawyer Hemmer – Habersham Central SR F/D

Gensler is the first White County boy to win Soccer Player of the Year. He continues a trend of 4 straight seniors to win it, and 8 years in a row it goes to a true forward.

WHO WILL WIN IT NEXT YEAR?

This is a bit rare….every finalist is a senior, so this makes it WIDE OPEN next year. There are some early candidates though, including Hayden’s little brother Thad (8 G, 11 A this year), Kyler Robbins of Union (14 G, 14 A), and we like Austin Ball of Tallulah Falls as well (4 G, 10 A) to be frontrunners for the hardware.

POY Framed Print (11×17) – Hayden Gensler

POY Framed Print (11×17) – Hayden Gensler

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