Windham High School senior tailback Jack Mallis won the 39th James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy at a banquet at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland on Sunday.
Bangor High School tailback Lonnie Hackett, who set a school single-season rushing record this fall while leading the Rams to the Eastern Maine Class A title and Nic Crutchfield of Dirigo of Dixfield were the other finalists for the annual award, which recognizes the state’s best senior high school football player.
The three finalists were selected by a vote of the state’s high school football coaches and media from a list of 11 semifinalists determined by the Fitzpatrick selection committee after a review of nominations made by coaches.
Mallis rushed for 1,686 yards and scored 26 touchdowns in leading Windham to its first Class A state championship.
Mallis scored four touchdowns, two rushing and two receiving, as the Eagles defeated Bangor 35-21 in the state final.
Mallis previously was named the Maine Gatorade High School Player of the Year, along with Most Valuable Player honors in the Southern Maine Activities Association.
Hackett, the Pine Tree Conference Class A player of the year, became the first Bangor player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. He finished the campaign with 2,227 rushing yards while averaging more than seven yards per carry and 186 yards per game. Hackett also scored 28 touchdowns in leading Mark Hackett’s team to an 11-1 record and its first Eastern A title since 2004.
Crutchfield helped lead Dirigo to its first Class C state championship and first state title of any kind since 1975.
He passed for 1,544 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 580 yards and 10 more scores while leading the Cougars to a 12-0 season.
The Campbell Conference Class C player of the year passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns in the state final as Dirigo defeated Foxcroft Academy 37-20.