Photo by Nancy Frasier.
Clintonville An AuSable Valley football player made it to the state finals for a high school award made famous by its collegiate counterpart.
Dillon Savage, a senior running back for the Patriots, was selected as a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, presented annually to a male and female high school student-athlete on the same day as the Heisman Memorial Award, which is given to the nation’s top college football player.
Savage was one of 10 male athletes selected as a New York state finalist and was the only student-athlete from Section VII. More than 48,000 candidates nationwide were up for the award.
This season, Savage returned from injury to carry the ball 121 times for 501 yards and four touchdowns in seven games. He also caught three passes for 55 yards offensively while recording five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, which he returned for a touchdown, on the defensive side of the ball.
He has been a five-year varsity starter on the Patriots baseball team (sixth team NYSSWA all state team); five-year starter on the Lake Placid hockey team; and a three-year starter on the football team (three all-star selections).
Academically, Savage held a 3.3 GPA.