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Bijan Robinson, Trenton Bourguet, Mario Padilla, Lathan Ransom & Terrell Hayward named to Ed Doherty Watch List

Salpointe’s Mario Padilla. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club (GCSGC) released the 2018 Ed Doherty Award Week Three Watch List for the current Arizona high school football season.

Marana senior quarterback Trenton Bourguet, Cienega senior receiver Terrell Hayward, Salpointe senior athlete Mario Padilla, Salpointe junior linebacker Lathan Ransom and Salpointe junior standout Bijan Robinson are all on the watch list. Bourguet and Robinson made the Ed Doherty Award list last year.

According to the GCSGC, to be eligible to appear on the watch list, a player must have participated during games, recorded an exceptional performance and be in good academic standing. Each week, a selection committee made up of members of Arizona high school sports media, coaches and stakeholders awards nomination medallions to players across the state, thus earning them a spot on the final list from which the 2018 Ed Doherty Award winner will be selected on Dec. 8, 2018.

“The Ed Doherty Award represents all that is great about high school football in Arizona,” said selection committee co-chair, Rob Yowell in a release. “The increased profile of football talent in our state warrants highlighting the accomplishments of athletes vying for this award throughout the season.”

According to selection committee co-chair, Ward Hickey, the goal of the watch list is to focus on how players perform in the first few weeks of the season, and to not compete with preseason lists. “The committee fully expects players who are not currently on the list to rise up during the season to earn a spot on the final list,” he said.

WATCH LIST

FIRST LAST SCHOOL POS YR
Trenton Bourguet Marana QB SR
Spencer Brasch Higley QB SR
DeCarlos Brooks Chandler RB SR
Tommy Christakos Chaparral WR/K JR
Jacob Conover Chandler QB SR
Tyreck Cosay Alchesay RB SR
Braxton Croteau Liberty DL SR
Gunner Cruz Casteel QB SR
Kohner Cullimore Highland RB SR
Paxton Earl Arcadia RB JR
Keegan Freid Sunrise Mountain QB SR
Terrell Hayward Cienega WR SR
Hendrix Johnson Boulder Creek WR/SS SR
JD Johnson Pinnacle QB JR
Andre Johnson Tolleson WR SR
Cosmos Kwete Central DE SR
Devin Larsen Queen Creek QB SR
Brayden Liebrock Chandler TE SR
Jakim McKinney Mountain Pointe RB SR
Dez Melton Deer Valley RB SR
Jack Miller Chaparral QB JR
Ali Mohamed Apollo RB SR
Zach Nelson Casteel WR SR
Coleman Owen Higley WR SR
Mario Padilla Salpointe ATH SR
Ricky Pearsall Jr Corona del Sol WR SR
Noa Pola-Gates Williams Field DB SR
Quinton Powell Pinnacle WR/DB SR
Juwann Price Peoria RB SR
Ryan Puskas Liberty LB SR
Lathan Ransom Salpointe LB JR
Spencer Rattler Pinnacle QB SR
Gage Reese Yuma Catholic QB JR
Brendan Rice Hamilton WR JR
Kelee Ringo Saguaro DB JR
Ty Robinson Higley DE SR
Bijan Robinson Salpointe RB JR
Brandon Schenks Hamilton ATH SR
Nassir Sims Desert Edge LB SR
Kedon Slovis Desert Mountain QB SR
Jake Smith Notre Dame RB/WR SR
Connor Soelle Saguaro LB SR
Tawee Walker Centennial RB JR
Aaron Wood Skyline RB SR
Lucas Wright Desert Ridge RB SR
Jaden Young Centennial DB JR
Antoine Zabala Mingus QB SR

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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