Thirteen semifinalists have been selected for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, symbolic of the state’s top high school senior football player.
Ballots were mailed to media and members of the football community and will narrowed to three finalists which will be announced Dec. 19. In addition to football accomplishments, grades, character and extracurricular activities are also factors in the award.
The winner will be announced at the Fiztpatrick Trophy Banquet on Jan. 16 in Portland.
The finalists are:
Kyle Bishop, Waterville — The QB.safety averaged 6.8 yards per carry and passed for 902 yards. He also kicked 19 of 21 PATs and was in on 73 tackles. He carries a GPA of 3.47.
Max Cloutier, Leavitt — The center/defensive tackle made 95 tackles and was credited with 12 1/2 sacks. He added 49 PATs and kicked a field goal. He carries an 85 grade average.
Michael Cyr, Scarborough — The two way end caught 17 passes for 336 yards and eight TDs. On defense, he made 73 tackles and recovered three fumbles. He carries an 89.9 GPA.
Ethan Drigotas, Kennebunk — The receiver/defensive back caught 36 passes for 659 yards and averaged 5.5 yards a carry as a halfback and scored seven TDs. He carries a 92 GPA.
Luke Duncklee, Cony — The quarterback passed for 1,442 yards and rushed for another 1,147, accounting for 25 touchdowns in all. He is a top 10 member of his class.
Nicholas Gagne, Biddeford – The fullback/linebacker rushed for 973 yards and scored 15 TDs. On defense he made 40 tackles, 13 for sacks. He carries a 3.5 GPA.
Peter Gwilym, Cheverus — The QB/safety led the Stags to their first Class A title since 1986. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored 13 TDs. He also passed for seven TDs. On defense he made 64 tackles and made four interceptions. H carries a 3.89 GPA.
Jonathan Haws, Hampden — The QB/safety is one of the most prolific players in school history. He carries a GPA of 94.
Cam Kaurbis, Mountain Valley — The QB/defensive back led the Falcons to the Class B state title, passing for 873 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense, he had 21 tackles and eight interceptions. He carries a 98.8 GPA.
Caleb Kenney, Portland — The FB/TE/LB made 44 tackles. He rushed for 328 yards and four TDs and caught 10 passes for 165 yards. He carries a 95 GPA.
Nicholas Proscia, Yarmouth — The FB.LB totaled 707 yards and nine touchdowns and played on all the special teams. He carries an 89.5 GPA and helped the Clippers to the Class B state title.
Jamie Ross, Deering — The quarterback threw for 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 912 yards and 19 TDs. He also punted and kicked 36 PATs and a field goal. He carries a 90 GPA.
Josh Woodward, Thornton — The WB/DB averaged 8.6 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns. He also completed 52 percent of his passes for nine TDs. He carries a 3.3 GPA.
Three football championships were decided at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland and all three were fairly lopsided.
In Class A, Western Maine champion Cheverus won its first state title since 1985 with a convincing 46-8 win against Bangor. Junior running back Spencer Cooke led the Stags with four touchdowns and 239 yards on 28 carries. Cheverus led just 9-8 at the half. Quarterback Peter Gwilym also had a big game, completing 7 of 9 passes for 80 yards and a score and rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries. Bangor quarterback Joe Seccareccia completed 11 of 22 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown.
Cheverus coach John Wolfgram took over the program in 2006 and steadily led the program back after several down season. The state’s winningest coach, Wolfgram has won nine state titles, four at South Portland, three at Gardiner and one at Madison.
In Class B, Western Maine champion Mountain Valley won its fourth state title since 2004 with a 20-0 win against defending state champion Leavitt which had been rising a 23-game unbeaten streak. The win was all about defense as the 12-0 Falcons recorded their eighth shutout of the season. They held the high-scoring Hornets to one first down in the first half and two in the second.
Taylor Bradley led the offense with 132 rushing yards including a 66-yard run in the he second half. Quarterback Cam Kaubris passed 34 yards to Christian Durland for a score in the first half and rushed for another in the second.
In Class C, Western Maine champion Yarmouth defeated Stearns 34-6 to win a state title in just its fourth year of existence as a varsity program.
Nate Pingitore led the Clippers with three touchdowns while Anders Overhaug rushed for 104 yards and Nick Proscia for 95.
The win completed an unbeaten season for Yarmouth and gave the school an unprecedented double since the Clippers also went unbeaten in soccer and won the state championship.
In the state’s only Thanksgiving Day game, favored Deering rallied in the fourth quarter for a 35-14 victory over Portland. Back to back kickoff returns broke a 14-all tie. First Deering’s Renaldo Lowry returned a kick 91 yards for a score. On the ensuing kickoff, Portland’s Imadhi Zagon fumbled while suffering a possible concussion to help set up another score.
Zagon finished with 207 yards and was named his team’s MVP for the game with Deering MVP Jamie Ross passed for 135 yards and rushed for 73.
Portland leads the series 54-38-7.
The football committee of the Maine State Principals’ Association is meeting later this week to decide whether or not to proceed with a plan to reclassify Maine three football classes into four. In an effort to create parity, the committee plans to break the current Class A schools into two levels, those with enrollments above 865 and those with enrollments between 865 and 600. There are currently 25 schools in Class A.
The plan is meeting opposition from the Pine Tree Conference which currently includes many of the smaller Class A schools. At issue is a plan to move newer programs with higher enrollments in Southern Maine up a notch, thus leaving fewer playoff spots for PTC teams.
Final football Top 10:
2. Bonny Eagle
5. Mtn. Valley
BASKETBALL TIPS OFF
The 2010-11 basketball season opens Dec. 10. Among boys teams, defending Class A champion Cheverus sustained a couple of key graduation losses but is still considered the favorite in Western Maine. Bangor is favored in the East.
In Class B, Camden Hills is a clear-cut favorite to win the East as well as the state. Defending Class B champion Falmouth will be strong again in the e West. In Class C, Boothbay is a slight favorite in the West while Penobscot Valley rates the same in the East.
Among Class D boys teams, Jonesport-Beals will be strong in the East while the West is up for grabs.