Marshwood senior awarded top Maine football honor
By Mike Zhe
Posted Jan. 18, 2015 @ 4:55 pm
Updated at 11:46 PM
Five months after his football season began, Brett Gerry still hasn’t lost.
The Marshwood High School senior was presented with the 44th James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy on Sunday, recognizing the top senior football player in Maine. The announcement was made during a banquet at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.
“I think it’s great for the program,” said Marshwood coach Alex Rotsko. “I can’t think of a more deserving kid.”
Gerry was selected over finalists Joe Fitzpatrick of Class A Cheverus and Chris Carney of Class C Wells in a vote of coaches and media statewide. All three players, running backs on offense, rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season.
He is the second Marshwood player to win the award. The only other one, Steve Knight, who won in 1989, was a featured speaker at Sunday’s event and presented the bronze statue to him.
“When you get associated with the Marshwood football program you hear about the history and the tradition from all the guys,” said Gerry. “It really grabs a hold of you.”
A standout outside linebacker and the team’s third-leading tackler on defense, Gerry rushed for a school-record 2,232 yards and scored more than 30 touchdowns for the Hawks, who went 12-0 and won the Class B championship, the first state title for the program in 25 years.
It’s the third straight season he topped 1,000 yards in rushing. His record as a varsity player was 30-5.
“He’s really the face of our program,” said Rotsko. “I don’t know if there’s a better way to say it.”
“Brett’s just an outstanding kid, one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen in 20 years of being an AD,” said Marshwood athletic director Rich Buzzell. “He’s not one of the most vocal kids in the world, just a classic lead-by-example (type).”
The last local player to win the Fitzpatrick Trophy was Donald Goodrich, a York native who played at Cheverus and is currently a running back at the University of New Hampshire.
A two-time state champion wrestler who figures to be one of Maine’s best on the mats again this winter, Gerry said he is considering a postgraduate year at a prep school, perhaps in-state at Bridgton Academy or the Hyde School.
“I’d like to see him go to prep school for a year,” said Rotsko. “He’s a good student, but just to be away, be out on his own for a year, would be great.”