Cheverus HS running back Joe Fitzpatrick has won the Gatorade Football Player of the Year Award for 2014-15. As a state winner, he now becomes eligible to be selected National Player of the Year.

Fitzpatrick rushed for 2,071 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Stags. He also played linebacker for the 8-2 Cheverus team.

Winning the Gatorade Award does not mean he he will win the Fitzpatrick Trophy, although winning both awards did happen last year when Cony HS quarterback won both.

The Fitzy finalists are expected to be announced soon.

Here's a look back at past Gatorade POY winners...

Andrew Libby 2013 Football RB/S Thornton Academy Saco
Louis DiTomasso 2012 Football RB/LB Wells HS Wells
Peter Gwilym 2011 Football QB/S Cheverus HS Portland
Jack Mallis 2010 Football RB Windham HS Windham
Jack Heary 2009 Football RB/DB Deering HS Portland
Justin Villacci 2008 Football RB/DB Gorham HS Gorham
Jared Turcotte 2007 Football RB/LB Lewiston High School Lewiston
Ken Paul 2006 Football FB/DE Massabesic HS Waterboro
Matt O'Donnell 2005 Football QB/FS Bonny Eagle High School Standish
Phil Bourassa 2004 Football QB/DB Biddeford High School Biddeford
Carl Frye 2003 Football RB Portland Portland
Lee St. Hilaire 2002 Football QB Winthrop Winthrop
Quinton Porter 2001 Football QB Portland Portland
Sokha Meas 2000 Football RB Deering Portland
Bob Parisien 1999 Football QB Biddeford Biddeford
Tom Waterman 1998 Football QB Bangor Bangor
Tim Lawson 1997 Football RB/LB South Portland South Portland
Tim Lawson 1996 Football RB South Portland South Portland
Jeremy Tardiff 1995 Football RB/LB Oxford Hills South Paris
Keith Grenier 1994 Football RB Biddeford Biddeford
Bert Rich 1993 Football RB/DB South Portland South Portland
Art Leveris Jr. 1992 Football RB Thornton Academy Saco
Art Leveris 1991 Football FB Thornton Academy Saco
Bubba Lichtenberg 1990 Football QB/DB Bangor Bangor
Matt Tobin 1989 Football K/QB Dexter Regional Dexter
Kevin Smith 1988 Football RB/LB Cheverus Portland
Kevin Whitmore 1987 Football QB Waterville Waterville
Mark Haines 1986 Football RB Dexter Regional Dexter