May 26, 2018
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Record-setting Cony quarterback among three finalists for James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

Record-setting quarterback Ben Lucas of Cony of Augusta is among three finalists announced Wednesday for the 43rd James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy.

The Portland-based award is presented annually to the state’s top high school football senior player-sportsman, based on a vote of head coaches and selected media.

Lucas, Nicco DeLorenzo of Kennebunk and Justin Zukowski of Portland were the top vote-getters from among 12 semifinalists announced earlier this month.

This year’s award winner will be announced Jan. 19.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Lucas, already named the state’s 2013 Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year, led Cony to a 9-2 record and the Class B state championship, the school’s first state crown in football since 1932.

He completed 225 of 373 passes for 3,357 yards and 41 touchdowns, including a 24-of-46, 347-yard performance with three TDs during Cony’s 30-23 win over Kennebunk in the state final.

In that game, he drove his team 99 yards to score the game-winning touchdown on a 25-yard pass to Jonathan Saban with 1 minute left in the fourth quarter.

Lucas, also named the Eastern Maine Class B Player of the Year, concluded his high school football career with 7,575 passing yards and 89 touchdown passes. Both are recognized as unofficial state records.

DeLorenzo starred at fullback and outside linebacker in leading Kennebunk to an 11-1 record and its first Western Maine championship since 1998. The four-year starter rushed for 1,398 yards and 21 touchdowns this fall, including a 140-yard rushing effort against Cony in the state final.

He also was a leading tackler for a Kennebunk defense that yielded an average of 12.9 points per game, and he returned a fumble recovery 53 yards for a touchdown in the state championship game.

Zukowski, like DeLorenzo a two-way standout at running back and linebacker, rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 27 touchdowns in leading Portland to an 8-2 record and a berth in the Eastern A championship game.

Zukowski led Eastern A in rushing and ranked second in tackles during the regular season en route to being named the conference’s player of the year. He plans to attend Bates College in Lewiston beginning next fall.

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