Sunday, March 9, 2014
FARMINGTON -- Amid the ongoing celebration surrounding Mt. Blue High School's first football state championship in 32 years, there was a little disappointment. Senior quarterback Jordan Whitney, one of the top players in the state using any criteria, was not selected as one of the 12 semifinalists for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy.
Staff photo by David Leaming Mt. Blue's Jordan Whitney is the Morning Sentinel Football Player of the year.
QB — Jordan Whitney, Sr., Mt. Blue
RB — Corey McKenzie, Jr., Messalonskee
RB — Anthony Sementelli, Sr., Lawrence
FB — Chad Luker, Sr., Mt. Blue
WR — Chandler Shostak, Sr., Cony
WR — Grant Benson, Sr., Skowhegan
C — Drew Blanchett, Sr., Mt. Blue
G — Caleb Champagne, Sr., Lawrence
G — Connor Farrington, Jr., Mt. Blue
T — Brock Deschaine, Sr., Winslow
T — Alex Baker, Sr., Skowhegan
TE — Luke Washburn, Sr., Oak Hill
DL — Zak Kendall, Sr., Mt. Blue
DL — Eriq Stewart, Sr., Lawrence
DL — Jake Stinson, Sr., Messalonskee
DL — Nick Danner, Sr., Waterville
LB — Bradley Jackson, Sr., Mt. Blue
LB — Luke Lawrence, Sr., Lawrence
LB — Seth Wing, Sr., Gardiner
DB — Spencer Carey, Sr., Lawrence
DB — Chandler Shostak, Sr., Cony
DB — Josh Woodard, Sr., Messalonskee
DB — Nick Hyde, Sr., Mt. Blue
K — Dennis Meehan, Sr., Gardiner
P — Devin Warren, Jr., Messalonskee
KR/PR — Jake Doolan, Sr., Lawrence
QB — Ben Lucas, Jr., Cony
RB — Joe Hopkins, Sr., Winslow
RB — Brandon St. Michel, Sr., Cony
FB — Zach Guptill, Jr., Winslow
WR — Tayler Carrier, So., Cony
WR — Cam Abbott, Jr., Mt. Blue
C — Kyle McLain, Jr., Lawrence
G — Alex Boucher, Sr., Cony
G — Jeremy Frantz, Sr., Lawrence
T — Mike Saunders, Sr., Oak Hill
T — Tucker Lombard, Sr., Skowhegan
TE — Andrew Lachance, Sr., Maranacook
DL — Zach Nadeau, Sr., Winthrop
DL — Colin Richards, Jr., Mt. Blue
DL — Tom Cox, Sr., Waterville
DL — Chris Harlow, Sr., Oak Hill
LB — Chad Luker, Sr., Mt. Blue
LB — Chris Delisle, Sr., Messalonskee
LB — Reid Shostak, Fr., Cony
DB — Jesse Evans, Sr., Maranacook
DB — Tyler Jamison, Sr., Gardiner
DB — Aaron LaFrance, Sr., Lawrence
DB — Dennis Meehan, Sr., Gardiner
K — Chad Martin, So., Lawrence
P — Dylan Hapworth, So., Winslow
KR/PR — Joel Wells, Sr., Oak Hill
Cony — LB Kyle Elvin, DE/OL Keith Cloutier, LB Charlie Hallak, K/WR Zach Lachance, OL/DL Nic Benner, WR Jonathan Saban, WR Dayshawn Roberts. Gardiner — LB Brad Weston, DL Jory Vermillion, DL Andrew Doody-Veilleux, RB Steve Sirois, TE Frank Chepke, DT Darian Donahue, LB Hunter Belanger. Lawrence — RB Josh Doolan, DB Xavier Lewis, DT Spencer Sweat, LB Keenan Scanlin, TE Robbie Liberty. MCI — RB Jonathan Santiago, WR Austin Tolman. Madison — WR Rhett McKenney, DE Chris Hayden, UT Cody Saucier. Maranacook — OL Richie Antanavich, OL Tucker Cameron, QB Caleb Castonguay, CB/PR Jesse Evans, TE Zach Bessette, OL Adam Betts. Messalonskee — DB Jake Dexter, G Caleb Bean, DB Zach Mathieu, DL Brandon Mullen. Mt. Blue — WR Nate Backus, G Tyler Sennick, DB Kindle Bonsall, DB Brian Durell, T Eli Luker. Mt. View — RB Will Nunn, C Ricky Moulton. Nokomis — RB Noah Kershner, TE Jake Winslow, DT Jake Nichols, G Josh Philbrook, QB Chandler Foss. Oak Hill — C Brian Daniels, RB Alex Mace, RB Kyle Flaherty, QB Parker Asselin. Skowhegan — QB Adam Clukey, RB Tyler Savage, LB D.J. Allen, WR Owen Mercier. Waterville — DB Brian Bellows, RB Racean Wood, Winthrop — LB Nate Cook, RB Dan Moody, OL Cam Armstrong, WR Mario Meucci. Winslow — DT Jon Farrell, C Sean Cote, DB Justin Martin, TE Owen Dutil.
Editor's note: All-stars are selected by the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel staff and include athletes from Maine Principals’ Association schools.
Mt. Blue head coach Gary Parlin, while upset with the snub, shrugged and pointed to the trophy on the shelf in his office, where it will sit until the construction at Mt. Blue High School is complete and the school once again has a trophy case. Whitney did the same.
"I'm disappointed," Whitney said, looking at the Gold Ball the Cougars earned with their 44-42 win over Marshwood in the state championship game. "That's the more important trophy, anyway."
Since Dustin Ireland in the mid-1990s, Mt. Blue has churned out a steady stream of strong quarterbacks, and Whitney might be the best of them all. This season, Whitney threw for 1,755 yards and ran for another 658. He threw 29 touchdown passes with just six interceptions. He completed 69 percent (102 for 148) of his passes, and ran for five touchdown.
Defensively, Whitney had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He punted for the Cougars, and returned a punt for a score.
For his part in Mt. Blue's run to its first state title since 1980, Jordan Whitney is the Morning Sentinel Football Player of the Year. Lawrence safety/quarterback Spencer Carey and Winslow tackle/linebacker Brock Deschaine were also considered.
The 2012 season capped an incredible career for Whitney. He leaves Mt. Blue with 4,924 passing yards, 65 touchdown passes and just 16 interceptions in his three years as the Cougars' starter. Whitney had 142 career carries for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a safety, Whitney had nine interceptions and two defensive touchdowns in his career.
Whitney was at his best in the Cougars' biggest games. All his skills, his arm, his speed, and his savvy, were on full display when Mt. Blue needed them the most.
With just over six minutes to play in the state championship game, Mt. Blue faced a fourth-and-4 from the Marshwood 20-yard line. Ahead 38-35, the Cougars needed to score. Whitney expected Parlin to call a toss play, like he did earlier in the game when the Cougars needed to pick up 4 yards on fourth down.
Instead, Parlin put the game in the hands of his quarterback.
The play called for Whitney to fake a handoff to the dive back, Calan Lucas, then fake another handoff to Nate Backus on the sweep. Throughout the game, tight end Zak Kendall would come to the sideline and let the coaches know he was uncovered. That's what Whitney was counting on.
"It was two fakes on the play. I faked one, and I slipped back, because I saw one of their (line)backers was stunting, so I looked back at Zak, not really looking at Nate (Backus) for the other fake. It was an awful fake. I just turned my body to get my shoulders as squared as I could, and Zak was wide open," Whitney said. "They weren't even covering Zak. I knew he was going to be open."
The 20-yard touchdown pass pushed Mt. Blue's lead to 44-35, and the Cougars went on to win the game by two points.
Against Gardiner in the Pine Tree Conference Class B semifinals, the Cougars had a fourth-and -22 play late in the game. Mt. Blue held a 27-21 lead, but Gardiner had scored two consecutive touchdowns as was gaining momentum.
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