OSCEOLA – The Osceola Bulldogs are sending off another star athlete to compete at the college level, following Peyton Watts’ letter of intent signing on Monday.
Watts was a standout safety, wingback, and return man for the Bulldogs football team, starting for 3 years and earning All-District and All-State honors. Watts had over 1,500 all-purpose yards for Osceola as the team went on to finish 8-2 on the season.
Late Monday morning, Watts signed his letter of intent to play free safety for Doane University.
Osceola Head Football Coach T.J. Nielson says, “We are very proud of Peyton and all he has accomplished. He worked extremely hard and developed into a great player for us. His football IQ and instincts on the field are going to be huge plus for Doane. Explosive and a TD threat every time he touched the ball. There are still some plays he made this year that seem unbelievable looking back on them now. He really plays the game the right way and with a lot of energy and excitement! The future is bright for Watts and Doane signed a great kid!”
Nielson says Watts is a shut down safety who also provided a huge threat offensively, and had the potential to score a touchdown every time he touched the ball. Watts finished the season with 73 totals tackles and 4 interceptions, while helping to lead his team to a #1 seeded birth in the state playoffs. Watts will join former area players Garrett Sonderup (Genoa), Jack Shadley (Columbus), Andrew Fangman (Petersburg), Colton Pelster (Petersburg), Ross Bonk (Columbus), and Tanner Ortmeier (Dodge) on the Doane Tigers roster for the upcoming 2017 season. See more of Watts Senior season stats courtesy of coach Nielson below.