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THE WINNER: Eric Fairweather
School: Londonderry (N.H.)
Position: Quarterback and defensive back
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He rushed for 1,245 yards and 19 touchdowns on 152 carries this past season, leading the Lancers (8-2) to the Division I South Region final. Fairweather also completed 62-of-133 passes for 1,225 yards and 11 scores. A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, he recorded 25 tackles and five interceptions on defense and only nine passes were thrown in his direction all season.
Academic excellence: Fairweather has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: A member of the Athletic Leadership Council at Londonderry High, he has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and food bank in addition to donating his time as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit autism research.
“Eric Fairweather makes their offense go,” said Scott Knight, head coach of Nashua (N.H.) South. “He [makes] some really big plays.”
THE FUTURE: Fairweather remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.