The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club announced the winners of the Ed Doherty Award Week 7 Performance Medallions this afternoon. Six players were recognized for outstanding play during their games last week: Drake Anderson, (Chandler, RB, Sr.), Draycen Hall (Higley, RB, Sr.), Max Massingale (Saguaro, QB, Sr.), Trenton Bourguet (Marana, QB, Jr.), Solomon Enis (North Canyon, WR, Sr.) and Aaron Wood (Skyline, RB, Jr.). By earning these medallions, all six players are added to the end of season awards luncheon on December 9 and are officially eligible for the 2017 Ed Doherty Award.
“Week 7 showed that the football talent in Arizona is extremely deep and the performances delivered by these athletes during region play showed us they were prime time players,” stated Selection Committee Co-Chairman Ward Hickey. “This is the time of year where the cream rises to the top and our committee nominated over 20 players for consideration.
These six young men showed why football in Arizona is on the rise and deserve their official nominations for the Ed Doherty Award.” Five players named were on the 43-player Watch List (Anderson, Hall, Massingale, Enis & Bourguet), while Wood came from the field. Each player will receive their medallions at an upcoming school event later this week and will join the other medallion winners at the Ed Doherty Award luncheon on December 9.
Drake Anderson, Chandler, RB, 5-11, 180, Sr.
Anderson had a career-high 236 rushing yards and four TDs in a 55-27 victory over then-No. 1 Gilbert Perry. He’s been the steady workhorse all season for the Wolves as they’ve battled through injuries to key players. To make the week event better, he picked up his first two Division I college offers from Nevada and New Mexico State.
Draycen Hall, Higley, RB, 5-8, 174, Sr.
The reigning Gatorade Player of the Year compiled 201yds rushing and 5TDs in the Knights 56-7 win over Casa Grande. Hall has amassed over 1,100 yds and 18TDs on the season as a dual threat and seems ready to lead his team into the playoffs.
Max Massingale, QB, 6-0, 185, Sr
The leader of the Sabercats offense and Air Force commit was in “top gun” form completing 13/18 passes for 299yds and 4TDs in a 55-6 rout of Thunderbird. Massingale is completing nearly 70% of his passes on the season for 1,933yds and 20TDs and has Saguaro’s “Drive for Five” season motto in full throttle.
Solomon Enis, Phoenix North Canyon, WR, 6-4, 205, Sr.
In a 20-12 win over Phoenix Arcadia, the state’s No. 1 2018 recruit caught seven passes for 125 yards and three TDs. Enis has played QB, WR and defense for the Rattlers this season, and has scored TDs passing, rushing, receiving and punt return.
Trenton Bourguet, QB, 6-0, 160, Jr.
In what was to be a QB duel with Week 4 medallion winner Cholla QB Jordan Porter, Bourguet threw for 261yds and 5TDs as Marana dominated in a 52-6 victory. On the season, he has passed for 1,932yds and 27TDs for the 5-2 Tigers.
Aaron Wood, Mesa Skyline, RB, 5-9, 175, Jr.
Wood ran 29 times for 280 yards and five TDs in a 44-14 rout of Mesa. The Coyotes leading rusher has 1.141yds and 14TDs, averaging 140yds/game on the season.
Rob Yowell (Co-Chairmen)
Ward Hickey (Co-Chairmen)
Ralph Amsden (Arizona Varsity)
Chris Eaton (Gridiron Arizona)
Jason Jewell (24/7 Scout.com)
Kevin McCabe (Arizona Sports 98.7)
Andy Morales (AzPreps365.com/AllSportsTucson.com)
Richard Obert (Arizona Republic)
Rhett Stallworth (Yuma Catholic Administrator)
Jason Skoda (MyNewsMesa.com)
From news release.
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