January 22, 2013

Goodrich fulfills wish by joining Fitzpatrick Trophy winners

Donald Goodrich is the second Cheverus player in three years to win the Fitzy.

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Donald Goodrich recalled a moment when he visited Cheverus High with his father prior to transferring there for his junior year.

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Donald Goodrich poses with the Fitzpatrick Trophy after receiving the award given to Maine’s top senior football player.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

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Donald Goodrich of Cheverus, Alex Shain of Sanford and Chandler Shostak of Cony shared the head table Sunday as Fitzpatrick Trophy finalists. Goodrich became just the second running back in the last six years to win the award.

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FITZPATRICK TROPHY WINNERS:

1971 (season): Ron Marchand, Biddeford

1972: Marty Milligan, Rumford

1973: Pete McCarty, Bangor

1974: Josh Waldman, Waterville

1975: Mike Edwards, Bangor

1976: Paul Belanger, Sanford

1977: Gerry Raymond, Lewiston

1978: Tony Matoin, Sanford

1979: Pat Philippon, Bangor

1980: Claude LeClair, Biddeford

1981: Dan Federico, South Portland

1982: Mike Rutherford, Portland

1983: Shaun Hawkins, Portland

1984: Scott Woodward, Biddeford

1985: Gerry Gelinas, Biddeford

1986: Bob Giroux, Thornton Academy

1987: Brian Seguin, Lewiston

1988: Kirk Mathieu, Lawrence

1989: Steve Knight, Marshwood

1990: John St. Onge, Biddeford

1991: Art Leveris, Thornton Acad.

1992: Bert Rich, South Portland

1993: Mike Hamel, Waterville

1994: Jeremy Tardiff, Oxford Hills

1995: Joe D'Andrea, Portland

1996: Dustin Ireland, Mt. Blue

1997: Nate Sergent, Gardiner

1998: Bob Parisien, Biddeford

1999: Kevin Bougie, Sanford

2000: Jason O'Tash, Massabesic

2001: Lee St. Hilaire, Winthrop

2002: Carl Frye, Portland

2003: Phil Bourassa, Biddeford

2004: Nick Tymoczko, Bucksport

2005: John Wiechman, Bonny Eagle

2006: Jared Turcotte, Lewiston

2007: Jack Hersom, Lawrence

2008: Nate Doehler, Bonny Eagle

2009: Jack Mallis, Windham

2010: Peter Gwilym, Cheverus

2011: Jordan Hersom, Leavitt

2012:

Donald Goodrich, Cheverus

Goodrich, a sophomore at York at the time, told the story during his speech Sunday as one of the finalists for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy.

Goodrich saw Peter Gwilym's Fitzpatrick Trophy in the trophy case at the school.

"I want one of those," Goodrich said to his father, Jerry.

"Don't you even think about it," said his father. "You have to make the team first."

Goodrich did make the team and embarked on a starry two seasons with the Stags.

His remark turned out prophetic, as the Maine Sunday Telegram All-State running back was named the winner of the Fitzpatrick Trophy as the top senior football player in the state in a ceremony at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

Goodrich's statement to his father was perhaps more youthful exuberance than anything else.

"I didn't know what to expect," Goodrich said about the move from York, a Class B school, to Cheverus, a Class A powerhouse.

"I knew I was moving up. I had heard good things about Cheverus because one of my cousins had graduated from there. But I didn't expect to play," said Goodrich.

"Spencer Cooke was a great running back. There was no way I was going to play ahead of him. I was going to accept my lot as a backup player. I was surprised when Coach Wolfgram inserted me at defensive end."

Goodrich had all the football credentials as well as the academic and character requisites to become the 42nd winner of the trophy named for a legendary Portland High teacher, coach and Boston College athlete.

His fellow semifinalists, Alex Shain of Sanford and Chandler Shostak of Cony had equally impressive credentials. The three were seen chatting it up during the ceremony.

Goodrich said he was surprised, and yes, shocked when his name was called.

"Alex and Chandler had tremendous seasons. They or any of the 12 semifinalists could be the ones holding this trophy," he said.

"This trophy means everything to me. I couldn't have won it without my teammates and coaches."

Goodrich joins Gwilym, the 2010 winner, as the only Cheverus players to receive the bronze statue.

Goodrich is a two-time All-State player. He was selected as defensive end as a junior and as a running back this past fall.

He was the go-to player for the Stags (10-1), who set a Class A record with 34 consecutive wins over three seasons before losing to Thornton Academy in the Western Maine final. Goodrich was instrumental in 22 of those wins, including a Class A state championship his junior season. He scored 28 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 1,722 yards. As a defensive end, he had 43 solo tackles and seven sacks.

Last year, Goodrich took over as the starting running back late in the season after an injury to Cooke, who also was a Fitzy finalist.

In the Class A state final against Lawrence, Goodrich ran for five touchdowns.

Cheverus' bid to win a third straight state title ended when Thornton beat Cheverus 20-13 in the regional final.

While winning the Fitzy was a special moment for Goodrich, he said it doesn't make up for Cheverus falling short of winning another Gold Ball.

"Team first," said Goodrich. "Always the team."

Goodrich said he enjoyed his time at York and learned a lot playing for Coach Randy Small.

"(The transfer) wasn't for sports," he said. "It was for the opportunities Cheverus offers and the Catholic religion, which is important to me. York is a great school."

Goodrich's sister, Abigail, is a sophomore at Cheverus.

Goodrich said he is considering several colleges and would like to continue playing football.

He's looking at a wide range of schools -- Holy Cross, Boston College, New Hampshire, Wagner, Colby, Trinity and others.

"I haven't decided yet," he said.

Brian Seguin of Scarborough, the 1987 Fitzy winner from Lewiston High, was the guest speaker. Each year, the 25th anniversary winner is invited to speak.

Staff Writer Tom Chard can be contacted at 791-6419 or at:

tchard@pressherald.com

Twitter: TomChardPPH

CORRECTION: This story was updated Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2012 to reflect that Cheverus played Lawrence in the Class A state final.

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