STATEWIDE– The state’s best senior football player is set to be named Jan. 14, and the semifinalists for the prestigious honor were named Wednesday night.
Twelve players across the state were unveiled to have made the second-to-last round in determining who will win the Fitzpatrick Award this year. Three players from the North region are represented, with Colby Lee from MDI, Jordan Roddy of Cony and Nick Clawson out of Foxcroft Academy carrying the badges.
Clawson was dynamic under center for the Ponies this season, using his strength to go through the air and overpower on the ground en route to the Class D North title. The Ponies would lose to Wells in the state title game.
Lee was one of several hard-hitting running backs for the Trojans, but received a majority of the work in the backfield while fellow senior Croix Albee rehabbed an injury.
Roddy meanwhile was a valuable offensive threat for the Rams, who were locked in a parity-filled Class B North fight all year long.
Wells running back Nolan Potter and Scarborough running back/linebacker Owen Garrard are generally considered to be two of the favorites for the award. Others nominated include Leavitt quarterback Tim Albert, Falmouth’s Jack Bryant, Grant Hartley of Edward Little, Thornton Academy’s Cameron Houde, Connor Sirois from Bonny Eagle; Cape Elizabeth’s Ryan Weare and Sean Whalen, a running back/linebacker from Madison.
The semifinalists will be narrowed down to three finalists later this month.