BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – West Middlesex’s Eric Lucich was named the 2014 Big 22 Pennsylvania Player of the Year Thursday night. The ninth annual Big 22 Awards Banquet was held at Antone’s Banquet Center in Boardman.
This season, Lucich racked up 195 carries for 2026 yards, averaging 10.4 yards per carry with 29 total touchdowns.
Defensively he finished with 138 total tackles, 3 sacks, and six forced fumbles.
“It’s very special. It’s hard to put into words,” Lucich admitted. “I’ve had to play with some amazing talent at my school. And, just to see the guys here, and the guys from Pennsylvania…such good athletes. It’s really awesome.”
West Middlesex Head Coach Ed Roberson agreed that Lucich was a great choice for Player of the Year honors.
“Well, Eric, first of all, he’s a great young man. He’s the kind of kid that you would want to take your daughter to prom,” Roberson said. “Just a wonderful young man. A role model for our younger players. He’s a beast in the weight room, in the classroom. He’s just an all-around total package. And, for him to be recognized, it is a pretty special thing for him.”
Lucich is the second West Middlesex player to win the award, joining former Big Reds’ Quarterback Kolten Hoffman who earned the honor in 2006.