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High School Football: Duval is NH player of the year

Staff report
December 11. 2017 9:01PM
Goffstown's Andrew Duval runs into the end zone to score a touchdown vs. Bedford in the first half of their game at Goffstown High School in October. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader File)



Andrew Duval was a terrific player on offense, defense and special teams for Goffstown High this fall. On Monday, he was honored for it, earning the 2017-18 Gatorade New Hampshire Football Player of the Year.

Duval is the second player from Goffstown to earn the award. Two years ago, it was Connor Bourque.

The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence and high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Duval is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner caught 27 passes for 718 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season, leading the Grizzlies (9-2) to the Division I state semifinals. Duval averaged 26.6 yards per catch and also contributed two rushing TDs, one passing TD and one kick return for a score. Defensively, he recorded five interceptions, returning one for a score.

Duval also volunteers as a local youth football coach and maintained a B-plus average in the classroom. He is undecided on a collegiate destination.

Other recent Gatorade New Hampshire Football Players of the Year, in addition to Bourque, are Plymouth Regional’s Garrett Macomber (2016), Londonderry’s Eric Fairweather (2014), Nashua South’s Trevor Knight (2013) and Exeter’s Tyler Grant (2012).

As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Duval will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. Twelve spotlight grants — one for each sport — will be announced throughout the year.


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