"If there was a signature moment, that would've been it," Bowers said. "He is very, very deserving, but the thing about Chazz is, for all the accolades he gets for being a tremendous football player, he is an even better human being. That Wheeling Park game typified how good he is, but all he wanted to talk about afterward was how good his offensive line was and how good Wheeling Park was."
Thomas also collected the Gatorade West Virginia Player of the Year award, and was named the National Player of the Week by Student Sports for his performance against Wheeling Park.
In winning the Kennedy, Thomas follows Morgantown High greats Mark Wigal (2000), Chris Yura (1997), David Mayfield (1989) and Tony Johnson (1983). With five recipients, Morgantown has more Kennedy Award winners than any other school in the state.
"It's pretty awesome to be in the same category as them," said Thomas, who is undecided on his college plans but hopes to stay in state, get an education and play football. "To represent my school like that, it's pretty awesome."
Thomas finished as the third-leading rusher in the state despite missing nearly two games and playing two more, including MHS's first-round playoff game, while battling a high ankle sprain.
"What he did when he was healthy was absolutely ridiculous," Bowers said. "It was a video game. I really wish that injury wouldn't have happened because I think we would've seen multiple state records fall. But I give the sports writers a lot of credit for seeing true greatness and not holding that against him."
Thomas finished his three-year career with 4,541 yards and 59 touchdowns on the ground, plus 62 yards and two touchdowns on two receptions.
Madonna senior quarterback Ross Comis and Martinsburg senior quarterback Malique Watkins tied for second in the award voting.
On Madonna's run to the Class A state championship, Comis rushed for 2.037 yards and 35 touchdowns on 252 carries. He threw for 1,731 yards and 22 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
Watkins led the Bulldogs to their fourth straight Class AAA title, with 1,811 yards and 20 touchdowns on 254 carries. He completed 65 of 113 passes for 973 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions.
They were followed in the voting by two junior running backs who led their teams to the Class AA championship game. Wayne's Mason Hodge was fourth, while Anthony Bonamico of state champion Bridgeport was fifth.
Hodge ran for 1,528 yards and 18 touchdowns on 164 attempts. Bonamico was the second-leading rusher in the state, with 2,141 yards and 32 touchdowns on 205 carries.