PORTLAND, Maine — Jordan Hersom of Leavitt Area High School of Turner Center has been named the winner of the 41st annual James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, symbolic of the state’s top senior high school football player.
Hersom, a quarterback, defensive back and kick returner who led Leavitt to its third straight Eastern Maine Class B championship last fall, was honored Sunday during a banquet at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.
Hersom was selected over fellow finalists Spencer Cooke of Cheverus of Portland and Louis DiTomasso of Wells.
Hersom, whose cousin Jack won the 2007 Fitzpatrick Trophy while attending Lawrence of Fairfield, passed for 1,630 yards and 16 touchdowns this fall while leading the Hornets to an 11-1 record. He also rushed for 10 touchdowns.
For his career, Hersom led Leavitt to a 42-4 career record, three Eastern B titles, four Pine Tree Conference Class B regular-season championships and the 2009 Class B state title.
Hersom becomes just the third non-Class A winner of the Fitzy, following Bucksport’s Nick Tymoczko in 2004 and the late Lee St. Hilaire of Winthrop in 2001. The Fitzy was opened up to Class B and C candidates in 1999.
Hersom plans to continue his football career in college, with schools including Holy Cross and the University of Maine reportedly under consideration.