Gatorade names its State High School Football Players of the Year

by Jeff Fisher

caseStudies_gatorade-1Gatorade has announced its 2014 State High School Football Players of the Year.  It’s the 30th year that Gatorade has honored student-athletes from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. All winners are eligible for the prestigious Gatorade National Player of the Year Award that will be announced later this month.

To learn more about this year’s winners, click on the names below to read write-ups from USA Today.

Alabama: Kerryon Johnson, Madison (Ala.) Academy
Alaska: Anthony Griffith, Ben Eielson (Alaska)
Arizona: Christian Kirk, Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Arkansas: Ty Storey, Charleston (Ark.)
California: Jake Browning, Folsom (Calif.)
Colorado: Andrew Wingard, Ralston Valley (Arvada, Colo.)
Connecticut: Zach Allen, New Canaan (Conn.)
Delaware: Taronn Selby, St. Georges Tech (Middletown, Del.)
D.C.: Richie Petitbon, Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.)
Florida: Jacques Patrick, Timber Creek (Orlando, Fla.)
Georgia: A.J. Gray, Washington County (Sandersville, Ga.)
Hawaii: McKenzie Milton, Mililani (Hawaii)
Idaho: Tristen Hoge, Highland (Pocatello, Idaho)
Illinois: Gabe Green, Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield, Ill.)
Indiana: Markell Jones, Columbus (Ind.) East
Iowa: Ryan Boyle, Dowling Catholic (Des Moines, Iowa)
Kansas: Denzel Goolsby, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.)
Kentucky: Elijah Sindelar, Caldwell County (Princeton, Ky.)
Louisiana: Deshawn Capers-Smith, Warren Easton (New Orleans, La.)
Maine: Joe Fitzpatrick, Cheverus (Portland, Maine)
Maryland: Dwayne Haskins, Bullis School (Potomac, Md.)
Massachusetts: Joe Gaziano, Xaverian (Westwood, Mass.)
Michigan: Alex Malzone, Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Minnesota: Ryan Schlichte, Mankato (Minn.) West
Mississippi: Darrell Henderson, South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)
Missouri: T.J. Green, Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.)
Montana: Andrew Grinde, C.M. Russell (Great Falls, Mont.)
Nebraska: C.J. Johnson, Bellevue (Neb.) West
Nevada: Tate Martell, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
New Hampshire: Eric Fairweather, Londonderry (N.H.)
New Jersey: Brandon Wimbush, Saint Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
New Mexico: Zach Gentry, Eldorado (Albuquerque, N.M.)
New York: Jordan Fredericks, Lawrence (Cedarhurst, N.Y.)
North Carolina: Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman (Mooresville, N.C.)
North Dakota: James Johannesson, Fargo (N.D.) South
Ohio: Joe Burrow, Athens (The Plains, Ohio)
Oklahoma: Mason Fine, Locust Grove (Okla.)
Oregon: Tim Tawa, West Linn (Ore.)
Pennsylvania: Ben DiNucci, Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.)
Rhode Island: Alfred Dorbor, St. Raphael Academy (Pawtucket, R.I.)
South Carolina: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.)
South Dakota: Luke Loudenburg, Howard (S.D.)
Tennessee: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Pearl-Cohn (Nashville, Tenn.)
Texas: Kyler Murray, Allen (Texas)
Utah: Austin Kafentzis, Jordan (Sandy, Utah)
Vermont: Austin Robinson, Middlebury (Vt.) Union
Virginia: Noah Reimers, Tuscarora (Leesburg, Va.)
Washington: Austin Joyner, Marysville (Wash.)-Pilchuck 
West Virginia: Kentre Grier, South Charleston (W.Va.) 
Wisconsin: Alec Ingold, Bay Port (Green Bay, Wis.)
Wyoming: Christian Mayer, Big Horn (Wyo.)

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.