Tyler Bridge of Wells has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2018 James J. Fitzpatrick Award – given annually to the top high school senior football player in the state of Maine. Bridge was originally one of 12 semifinalists for the award but after voting by coaches and the media, he joined Anthony Bracamonte of Thornton and Zack Elowitch of Portland in the final group.
“At the beginning of the year I wasn’t even thinking about the Fitzy,” said Bridge. “I never imagined being listed among the top three players in the state.”
Bridge finished the season for the Warriors with a new school record for touchdowns with 45. He had 2,390 rushing yards from his running back position and he accumulated 3,055 all-purpose yards which include pass receptions and punt/kick returns.
He also played defensive back, always matching up against the opponent’s top receiver. In addition he has a 98.3 grade point average and he volunteers in local youth programs, which is also a consideration for winning the award.
The 6-2 200-pound senior was the only player on this year’s team who played on all three Warrior state championship squads and he helped lead Wells to back-to-back undefeated seasons.
“This is special,” said Bridge who also received the Taglienti Award as the Campbell Conference’s top player in Class C/D. “And the support I’ve received from our community is pretty awesome.”
Bridge is the fourth Wells Fitzy finalist since 2011 and fifth all Warrior to make the final three. Branden Casten was a finalists in 1999 followed by Louis DiTomasso in 2011, Chris Carney in 2014 and Nolan Potter last year. Only Portland has had as many finalists in the last eight years with Thornton and Cheverus each having had three since 2011.
The three finalists along with the nine semifinalists who did not advance will be honored at the annual Fitzpatrick Trophy banquet in Portland next month. The winner of this year’s trophy will be announced at that time – Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.