Football: Elks’ Saygbe named MVP of Mississippi 8

Moses Saygbe ran for a long gainer during his final game, the Elks' playoff loss to Moorhead. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Elk River fullback Moses Saygbe was named overall Most Valuable Player for the Mississippi 8 conference, announced Elk coach Steve Hamilton at the team banquet on Sunday evening.

Moses Saygbe

Saygbe had the second-best rushing total in recorded Elk football history with 1,315 yards in 163 carries, an average of 8.06 yards per carry. He scored 14 touchdowns.

The Elks tied for second place in conference with a 5-2 record, and were 6-3 overall.

“Moses is a tremendous story,” said coach Steve Hamilton.  “Having been injured for much of his career, he has struggled much like the program.  For a player to move to a position that he has never played, as a senior, and prosper the way he did, tells you something about him and the players around him.”

Hamilton said Saygbe was the leader of a group of hardworking, unselfish players that just wanted to make Elk River football relevant again.

“He is a symbol of how hard and a positive attitude can help you overcome adversity.  Best of all, he is a great kid and a great student.  It has been a true pleasure to coach him.”

Saygbe commented that he was “very thankful” for the honor.

Asked if he intends to continue in football, Saygbe said that he will pursue a Navy aviation career, and it will depend on what college he winds up attending toward that goal.