Peter Gwilym, a quarterback and defensive back from Cheverus of Portland, has been named winner of the 40th James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy symbolic of the state’s top high school football senior player-sportsman.
Gwilym defeated fellow finalists Jamie Ross of Deering of Portland and Cameron Kaubris of Mountain Valley of Rumford to win the Portland-based award in the balloting of the state’s football coaches and some media representatives.
Gwilym, the first Cheverus player to win the Fitzy, was not a surprising choice, given that he already had been named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as well as most valuable player of the Southern Maine Activities Association, a league that encompasses all of the Western Maine Class A schools.
Gwilym led Cheverus to a 12-0 record and the Class A state championship last fall. He completed 52 of 88 passes for 763 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for 705 yards and 13 touchdowns on 120 carries.
On defense, Gwilym was credited with 81 unassisted tackles, five pass interceptions and three forced fumbles.