Jack Wallace, a converted cornerback who in his first year at quarterback has led St. Joseph to an 11-0 record heading into Monday night’s Class L semifinals, today was named the Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year.
Wallace, a junior, is the first St. Joseph player to win the award in football.
Prior to Wednesday’s 49-7 win over Wilton in the state quarterfinals, Wallace had thrown for 1,915 yards and 36 touchdowns, with just four interceptions, completing 67 percent of his passes.
“Honored and blessed to have received the Gatorade Player of the year award for CT. Too many people to thank for this accomplishment,” Wallace said in a tweet.
The Cadets are trying to win their third straight state title in three different classes, which has never been done before. The Cadets would almost certainly finish as the No. 1 team in Connecticut with a Class L championship. They last did that in 1982.
Wallace is the third FCIAC player since 2014 to win the award, joining Darien’s Mark Evanchick and New Canaan’s Zach Allen.
“Jack is a very good high school quarterback,” said Duncan DellaVolpe, the coach at Fairfield Warde, said in a press release. “He is a heck of an athlete. He can throw and run, keep plays alive and really doesn’t make any mistakes.”