The honors continue to roll in for Jared Turcotte.

The Lewiston High School senior was named Maine Football Player of the Year by Gatorade Thirst Quencher.

Turcotte, a 6-foot-1 220-pounder, did just about everything asked of him this season. As a tailback, Turcotte carried the ball 229 times for 1,813 yards, scoring 17 touchdowns. He also caught three touchdown passes and threw for another. At linebacker, Turcotte had 113 solo tackles, three interceptions – returning one for a touchdown – and a fumble recover for a touchdown. He was also the team’s punter and place-kicker. Lewiston finished the season 6-3, losing in the quarterfinals of the Class A playoffs.

Turcotte, who maintains an A average, volunteers on the Student Leadership Team for the area’s Center for Prevention of Hate Violence and is a member of Lewiston High’s School of Health Science, open only to elite students who wish to pursue a career in medicine.

“Everything Jared says revolves around the team” Lewiston coach Bill County said in a statement. “He has received a number of personal accolades as the year has gone on, but he always talks about how he can’t do it without the other 10 guys on the field. The only time the kid is full of himself is when he has the ball.”

State winners are selected not only for their outstanding athletic performance, but also for meeting high academic-achievement standards while demonstrating exemplary personal character on and off the field.

Gatorade joins with Rise Magazine to name players of the year in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Turcotte, along with his fellow state players of the year winners, is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in mid December.


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