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THE WINNER: Ben Lucas
School: Cony (Augusta, Maine)
Weight: 230 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Rams to a 9-2 record and the Class B state championship this past season. Lucas passed for 3,357 yards and a state-record 41 touchdowns, completing 225-of-373 attempts, including 347 yards and three TDs in a 30-23 win over Kennebunk (Maine) in the state final. The Class B East Player of the Year, he concluded his prep football career with 7,575 passing yards and a state-record 89 touchdowns.
Academic excellence: Lucas has maintained a B-plus average.
Exemplary character: A member of the Cony High Spanish Club, he has volunteered locally as a youth football coach and with the Augusta Little League.
“Ben Lucas is as fine a quarterback as I’ve seen in the state’s history,” said Dan Cooper, head coach of Brunswick (Maine). “His ability to stand tall in the pocket and throw the ball is simply amazing, almost indefensible. The confidence that he brings to that team makes them go.”
THE FUTURE: Lucas remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.