Thornton Academy senior Mike Laverriere was awarded the coveted James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy on Sunday at an awards presentation in Portland.

The Golden Trojans’ quarterback, who also was honored as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, accumulated nearly 2,200 yards passing and threw for 27 touchdowns in leading Thornton to the Class A South semifinals.

The Fitzpatrick Trophy is given to the state’s top senior football player and sportsman.

The other finalists were Brewer running back/linebacker Trey Wood and Portland running back Dylan Bolduc.

The finalists were chosen by a vote of coaches and media from a group of 11 semifinalists.

Wood, who helped propel Brewer to the Class B North regional championship game each of the last two seasons, was bidding to become the first player in program history to win the state’s highest high school football honor.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder tallied 2,014 yards rushing, averaging 6.5 yards per carry and scored 27 touchdowns while also rushing for eight two-point conversions.

Wood also registered 83 tackles, including 25 solos, an interception and a fumble recovery on defense.

Ryan McLaughlin

BDN sports reporter Ryan McLaughlin grew up in Brewer and is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. In "The Boston Blitz" he'll be sharing his perspective...