SACO, Maine — Andrew Libby, who led Thornton Academy to the Class A state championship earlier this month, has been named the Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year.
The 6-foot, 195-pound junior running back and safety led the Golden Trojans to an 11-1 record and their first Class A state championship since 1988. Libby rushed for 1,091 yards and 23 touchdowns on 182 carries, caught 17 passes for 190 yards and two scores and returned four punts for touchdowns, including one in the state title-game win over Lawrence of Fairfield.
Libby also recorded 98 tackles, six interceptions — returning one for a touchdown — and forced a fumble this fall.
Libby has maintained a 3.37 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and food bank and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research. He has also served as an area youth football and track coach.
“Andrew is the most important player on Thornton Academy’s senior-laden team,” said Windham coach Matt Perkins. “Their offense goes through him. On defense, he’s their free safety and allows them to overplay one side of the field because he will control the other side. He is one of the most dynamic players I’ve seen.”
Libby joins recent Gatorade Maine Football Players of the Year Louis DiTomasso (2011-12, Wells High School), Peter Gwilym (2010-11, Cheverus of Portland), Jack Mallis (2009-10, Windham), Jack Heary (2008-09, Deering of Portland) and Justin Villacci (2007-08, Gorham) among the state’s list of former award winners.