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St. Joseph’s Wallace Named Gatorade State Player Of The Year

St. Joseph quarterback Jack Wallace is the Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year.

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.

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“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.

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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.”