A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Louis DiTomasso
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Wells (Maine)
Weight: 180 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: DiTomasso led the Warriors to a 12-0 record and the Class B state championship this past season. DiTomasso rushed for 1,559 yards and 18 touchdowns on 203 carries. The 2011 Campbell Conference Player of the Year, he recorded 133 tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal. DiTomasso ran for 134 yards and a touchdown in the state final win over Leavitt (Turner, Maine).
Academic excellence: DiTomasso has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: An avid photographer and artist, DiTomasso has volunteered locally as a youth football coach.
THE PRAISE: Jeff Guerrette, head coach of rival Westbrook (Maine)
“Louis DiTomasso has great instincts at linebacker and flies to the play. At the point of attack he is extremely physical and consistently delivers the blow.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
DiTomasso remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.