Monday, March 10, 2014
Paul McDonough, Wells, quarterback, senior
A gifted athlete and natural leader, McDonough was the heart of the Wells offense with his passing and running. He took over the Class B state championship game in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns to bring Wells its first title since 1997. He missed two games late in the season because of a foot injury. His return provided a big boost for his teammates.
Spencer Cooke, Cheverus, running back, senior
Cooke had strong back-to-back seasons for the Stags, who have won two straight Class A championships. He rushed for 1,117 yards and scored 19 touchdowns this fall. In two seasons, he had over 2,000 yards. Cooke suffered a broken bone in his leg in the eighth game of the season and missed the regional playoffs. He made a brief appearance in the state final.
Dominic Mowrer, Orono, running back, senior
Mowrer rushed for over 1,000 yards in three straight seasons to become Orono's second-leading rusher in history. This season, he scored 21 touchdowns and ran for 1,337 yards. He ended his career with 3,557 yards -- averaging 7.5 yards per carry -- and 44 touchdowns. He also played safety and did the punting and kicking for the Red Riots.
Anders Overhaug, Yarmouth, running back, senior
Overhaug helped the Clippers win two Class C state titles and 24 consecutive games. He rushed for 1,670 yards and scored 30 touchdowns in 10 games this year, and scored six touchdowns in the state final. In two seasons, he became the school's all-time rusher and scorer with 2,808 yards and 41 touchdowns. He was also outstanding on defense.
Shaun Carroll Jr., Lawrence, running back, senior
Despite being slowed by a groin injury that affected his quickness, Carroll was still mighty impressive. He was an offensive key for the Bulldogs on their way to the Eastern Class A title. He scored 20 touchdowns and finished with 1,550 yards rushing. The team had high expectations for Carroll and he lived up to them both offensively and defensively.
Louie DiStasio, Cheverus, wide receiver, senior
The 6-foot-4 standout made catching passes look easy, as he had big receptions for the Stags time and time again. He caught 23 passes for six touchdowns and 745 yards on a team that didn't throw much. He was also outstanding as a kicker, making 61 of 61 PATs and booting three field goals.
Renaldo Lowry, Deering, wide receiver, senior
Lowry was the Rams' big-play threat as a receiver and punt returner. He teamed with quarterback Matt Flaherty to form one of the SMAA's top passing threats. Often times, defenses thought they had him contained, only to have Lowry use his speed to break free.
Rudy Pandora, Lewiston, tackle, senior
Pandora was selected to the All-Pine Tree Conference first team. Blue Devils' line coach Dick Leavitt, a former head coach at Brunswick, said Pandora is one of the best lineman he's coached. Pandora was skilled at executing all kinds of blocks.
Ben Castellano, Traip Academy, tackle, junior
Castellano has worked hard in the weight room and on the field with technique. It's paid off, as Castellano was regarded by many as the top lineman in Class C of the Campbell Conference. The 6-foot, 252-pound standout was a quiet leader who led by example. The Rangers had a 1,600-yard rusher, and he was a big reason for that.
Caleb Champagne, Lawrence, guard, junior
Champagne was the lead blocker on the majority of plays that sprung tailback Shaun Carroll Jr. Champagne made the key block that produced the Bulldogs' lone touchdown in the state championship game. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder was a first-team All-PTC selection.
Andrew Lavallee, Cape Elizabeth, guard, senior
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Lavallee alternated between guard and fullback and was outstanding at both. He was strong at all types of blocks. As a fullback, he had close to 1,000 yards rushing. He also stood out at linebacker. Lavallee is a repeat All-State selection.
Robbie Klatt, Brunswick, center, senior
Klatt was selected as the first-team All-Pine Tree Conference center. He was outstanding on all types of blocks. Klatt used his quickness to block linemen in the gap, preventing the Dragons from having to use a double team. He could handle his man every time.
Andrew Libby, Thornton Academy, utility, sophomore
Libby was a versatile player for the Golden Trojans in their march to the Western Class A final. He played running back, wildcat back, slot receiver and defensive back and was also the punter. He rushed for 760 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 319 yards and three TDs. He averaged 30 yards per kickoff return with a touchdown, and 34 yards per punt.