Payton Beyer set to continue his football journey


Brody Homan

Payton Beyer lining up for a snap in the section championship game.

Brayden Truelson, Writer

Anyone who has attended an Owatonna High School football, basketball or baseball game within the last two years, there is a really good chance that Payton Beyer has caught their attention. Beyer’s raw athleticism is second to none when it comes to athletes in the Big 9 Conference and this combined with his hard work ethic and deep desire to play at a very high level has propelled him to the athlete he is today.

After learning the system and getting his feet wet with minimal opportunities as a sophomore, Beyer exploded for a really impressive junior season. Combine that with a monster senior season, where he was third in the state in receptions and seventh in receiving yards, many colleges started to pay close attention. Beyer would end up drawing five Division II offers with many more schools in the midwest wanting a chance to land his talents. Ultimately, he would choose to accept an offer from Winona State University. Beyer said, “I was really impressed with all of the coaches ability to relate to me and I felt really comfortable at the campus.”  

Beyer capped off his OHS football career on a high note as he hauled in 49 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns while being named team MVP, offensive player of the year, Big SE All District and will have the honor of playing in this year’s Minnesota High School showcase football game. Coach Jeff Williams said, “Payton will go down as one of the top two or three wide receivers who have ever played at OHS. Even when people knew the ball was coming his way and he had multiple cover guys on him, he still found a way to make big plays. His ability to gain yards after the catch was an underrated part of his game. He made some highlight reel plays that showed his outstanding hands and his superior route running ability. He was the total package.” 

Beyer was a staple on the Owatonna Football team over the last two years and was a huge part in them winning their fifth consecutive section championship. Junior teammate Caleb Vereide said, “Payton was not only a great offensive player but he also was a big part of our defense. He was huge on both sides of the ball and was a great leader in our locker room.” Beyer’s talents and leadership will be greatly missed next year as he moves on to his next step in his football journey where he is excited to prove himself to all his new teammates and coaches at Winona State University.