Collett helped lead Tigers to consecutive playoff berths
Editor’s note: The following story is one in a series of profiles of individuals that will be inducted in the Randolph County Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Clayton Collett lettered in football from 2010-2012 at Elkins High School, graduating in 2013.
As a player, he participated in back-to-back playoff appearances.
In 2011, his team went 8-3 as Collett scored 22 touchdowns, including a record-high six touchdowns against Philip Barbour, and scored a season-high 136 points.
The 2011 Tigers participated in the state playoffs, were ranked sixth in Class AAA and finished second in the Big 10 Conference.
Collett was named to the first team on the All-State squad as a utility back as well as being honored on the first team of the All-Big 10 Conference team as a running back.
He also holds a state playoff record for the longest interception return for a touchdown — 99 yards vs. Hurricane in 2011.
Included in the accolades from 2011, Collett also received the United States Army Iron Man of the Year from West Virginia.
Moving on to his senior year in 2012, Collett was named to second team All-State as a defensive back and earned second team All-Big 10 honors as a running back.
His team went 7-4, making the state playoffs and ranked 13th in triple-A.
He scored 18 touchdowns that year, with a season high of 128 points.
Collett averaged 92 yards rushing per game in his career, had 307 carries for 2,818 yards and scored 44 touchdowns.
In his Tiger career, he was one of three players to have two 1,000-plus yard seasons, along with Rick Lester and Daniel Romans.
In 2012, Collett was named team captain, along with scoring a team-high 286 total points.
He holds the current record for all-purpose yards at 4,177.