Student Athlete of the Week: Paul Poirier
ORANGE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The name Paul Poirier has become synonymous with Orange County football the past couple of years, but it goes back even before Poirier put on a Hornets jersey.
"As a freshman I already knew a lot about him because I watched him a lot in our youth program and I knew Paul Poirier's name and what he was about as an athlete," Orange head coach Jesse Lohr said.
Unsurprisingly, the first team All-Jefferson District quarterback has always featured with the ball in his hands as a dual threat player, who can go the distance at any time. But the defensive side came later in his career.
"I was strictly an offensive player back in the youth days, my dad because he played football when he was young, he was like a relentless guy," Poirier said, "So I was nothing like him on defense, I would not want to hit, I was kind of timid."
As a first time starter at defensive back this season, Poirier earned first team All-Region 4D honors on both offense and defense, showing up wherever the Hornets needed him.
"Knowing I'm a threat on both sides of the ball, it's tough to game plan against us and our team," Poirier said.
"The last two years basically to tote the load and go be special, we won games just because of his ability," Lohr said, "At times he had to be everything, he had to be the bus driver, the people that clean up after us in the locker room to just being a playmaker."
Along with his versatility on the field, Poirier continues to stand out across the board with a 4.2 GPA in the classroom and as a two-time team captain finding his voice leading Orange County back to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
"I realized junior that I can't take any of this for granted, we only had six games, COVID affected a lot," Poirier said, "So being a captain that year and this year it's meant a lot to know that these guys in the program, they look up to me."
As Poirier draws nearer to his college football dreams with several offers from D-I and D-III programs, he leaves a legacy of hard work in Orange County.
"With every little coach that comes in and I get to talking about the kid and how much he means to me and how much he's meant to this program," Lohr said, "When you have the best player on the team be the hardest working athlete, it's transcending."