December 18, 2011

All-State Defense

Donald Goodrich, Cheverus, end, junior

Goodrich finished the season with 10 sacks, including five against Deering in the playoffs. He had 33 solo tackles on the season. Goodrich's quickness and aggressiveness allowed him to get to the quarterback. Goodrich also played halfback, taking over as the starter late in the season, and ran for five TDs in the state championship game.

Josh Ingalls, Wells, end, senior

Ingalls had an outstanding season at defensive end and tight end. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound standout was a difficult player for opponents to handle. He also deflected a lot of passes and sacked the QB. One opposing coach called him "a beast on defense."

Christian Deschenes, Cheverus, tackle, senior

Coach John Wolfgram called the standout lineman "a disrupter" on defense. Deschenes used his size and explosiveness to become a defensive playmaker. On offense, he was the Stags' best blocker. The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder had 41 tackles and several sacks. He won the Gerry Raymond Award as the top lineman in the SMAA.

Ben Weinrich, Yarmouth, tackle, senior

Weinrich was an offensive and defensive standout for the Class C champion Clippers. On defense, he finished with 130 tackles, five sacks and seven fumble recoveries. He recovered two fumbles in the state championship game. Coach Jim Hartman said Weinrich was tenacious, with a knack for making the big play.

Alex Stilphen, Deering, tackle, senior

Stilphen was a standout on both sides of the ball. He proved tough to run against as he used his strength, quickness and reach to bring runners down and disrupt the opponent's offense. He was Deering's top lineman and was a key reason for the passing and running game having success.

Louis DiTomasso, Wells, linebacker, senior

DiTomasso is our Player of the Year because of his contributions on both sides of the ball. He was outstanding at fullback, with 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a linebacker, he had 133 tackles. He was also named the Campbell Conference Class B Player of the Year and Maine Gatorade Player of the Year. He sparked the Warriors to their first state title since 1997.

Josh Perry, Lawrence, linebacker, senior

Perry was one of the keys on defense for the Bulldogs. He also was the team's center. Eastern Maine teams found it tough to move the ball against the Eastern Class A champs. Perry was one of the reasons. He had 65 tackles in the Bulldogs' 5-2 defense. He was a first-team All-PTC selection at linebacker and a second-team pick at center.

Graham Strondak, Westbrook, linebacker, senior

Strondak was a leader on both sides of the ball for the resurgent Blue Blazes, who advanced to the semifinals in their first year in Western Class B. He had 75 tackles as a linebacker and was a strong runner at fullback. Strondak never came off the field, as he played on all special teams.

Cam Olson, Cheverus, defensive back, senior

Olson was a standout at quarterback and safety. He had seven interceptions and 37 solo tackles, including nine in the regular season against Bonny Eagle. In his first season as the Stags QB, Olson passed for 12 touchdowns and 857 yards.

Jordan Hersom, Leavitt, defensive back, senior

A quarterback and safety for the Hornets, Hersom had 56 tackles and had two interceptions. As a quarterback, he completed 72 percent of his passes for 1,630 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was a part of three Leavitt appearances in the Class B state final.

Logan Gaddar, South Portland, defensive back, senior

Gaddar led the state with 11 interceptions. He had an uncanny knack of being able to read quarterbacks and receivers and step in front for the interception. He had 26 tackles, a fumble recovery, and a long interception return against Portland. On offense, he caught 22 passes for 411 yards and seven touchdowns.

Spencer Carey, Lawrence, defensive back, junior

Carey had over 60 tackles as a safety. He was chosen first team All-PTC. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound standout could play close to the line and still get back into the secondary for pass coverage. He was also a strong offensive player.

Sam Dexter, Messalonskee, utility, senior

Dexter put together one of the best all-around seasons and was selected Class A Player of the Year in the Pine Tree Conference. A wide receiver/cornerback, Dexter had 1,786 all-purpose yards and scored 27 touchdowns. He had nine interceptions. He plans on playing baseball in college.

 

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