NAME: Eugene Lewis
SCHOOL: Wyoming Valley West
LAST SEASON: 2011
Some players just can take over a football game with their sheer talent and athleticism. Nobody did that better than Eugene Lewis. Lewis was a four-year letterman and a team captain and led the Spartans to a district title in 2010. He started out his career on offense as a wide receiver but took over the quarterback position his junior and senior season. He rushed for 1,000+ yards and passed for 1,000+ yards in each of those seasons. For his career, Lewis ran for 3,050 yards, threw for 2,450 yards and had 910 receiving yards. He accounted for 80 total touchdowns. Lewis was just as good on defense as he was one of the best defensive backs in the area for his entire career.
Lewis was a 2011 NPF Wyoming Valley Conference Big School Offensive Player of the Year, a first-team quarterback and first-team defensive back. He was also a first-team athlete and first-team defensive back in 2010. Lewis was named NPF District 2 Offensive Player of the Year in 2011. He was named an all-state athlete by the Pennsylvania Football Writers in 2010 and 2011 and a first-team offensive athlete by the Pennsylvania Football News in 2011 and defensive athlete in 2010. Lewis received honors as a first-team offensive specialist in 2011 and a first-team defensive specialist in 2010 from EasternPaFootball.com. He was selected to the WNEP Dream Team three times, was selected to play in the Big 33 Classic and also the Offense/Defense All-American Game. Lewis was a named a four-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and ESPN. He received 30+ scholarship offers and decided to play his college football at Division I-FBS Penn State University. Lewis played for the Nittany Lions from 2012 to 2015 and transferred to Oklahoma University in 2016 for his redshirt senior season. He had 122 career receptions for 1,569 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in college. Lewis participated in NFL rookie camps for the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks. He eventually signed with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes where he currently plays.
Former Valley West coach Pat Keating on Lewis: “Eugene Lewis was a once in a generation player that I was so happy to have had the privilege to coach. Eugene exploded onto the scene his sophomore season with his big-time catches and playmaking ability as a wide receiver. Even though his future would be at that position, it was a very easy decision to move him to quarterback his last 2 years and put the ball in his hands on every play. Eugene would play any role that was asked of him and whatever was asked of him he always exceeded expectations. He was a true generational talent that will always be in the discussion of the top-rated players to come out of Northeast PA.”