By ALEX SPONSELLER The Providence Gridiron Club recently held its annual awards ceremony at the Cranston Country Club, and West quarterback Cam Alves was given the Gilbane Trophy as the state's top player. Alves was a dual threat quarterback for the
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Providence Gridiron Club recently held its annual awards ceremony at the Cranston Country Club, and West quarterback Cam Alves was given the Gilbane Trophy as the state’s top player.
Alves was a dual threat quarterback for the Falcons, regularly producing in both the running and passing attack. He was also an All-State defensive back and will be heading to Division II Stonehill when football returns.
“It felt great, it really took me by surprise. I was super proud, ecstatic. It was nice to have something to be able to celebrate with my family, my coaches, to have that moment to experience with them,” said Alves.
Alves’ grandfather and father are also local legends for their performance on the gridiron, and Cam is excited to be able to continue to represent his family.
“I have a trophy downstairs from way back when from my grandpa, and this one is kind of the same thing, so it’s nice to be able to put it next to that. My dad, too, he has similar awards downstairs. It’s great to be able to dust off a spot and to add to the collection. It makes me proud to be able to add to it and to be able to put it there,” Alves said.
Alves was one of the focal points in the West program’s recent turnaround, which has included consecutive trips to the Division I Super Bowl in the past two seasons. Alves will miss playing for the Falcon community and is happy to say that he made waves during his time leading the way at West.
“I definitely left everything out there. Obviously I wanted to win a championship, but as far as having success with the program and building it back up to what it once was, I can say that down the road I will be super proud of that,” said Alves. “I remember growing up and watching my dad coach, I wanted to make an impact on not only Falcon football but on Rhode Island football, so to have this award given to me is something that was a goal of mine and that I can now say I was able to achieve.”
As he gets prepared to make the jump up to the college level, Alves plans on using his high school career as a learning experience and to continue to grind each day.
“(Winning this award) doesn’t change my mindset. I don’t want to put it behind me necessarily but this is kind of a stepping stone for other goals that I want to attack,” said Alves. “I want to bring the lessons and techniques with me but I am not going to carry those accolades with me. You’re only as good as your last day, so I’m going to keep working at it and try to get better.”