Following Desert View’s season-opening win over Sunnyside, running back Serge Gboweiah earned the selection of APS Digital Print/Tucson Conquistadores Player of the Week. Heading into the last two weeks of the regular season, Gboweiah’s backfield buddy Carlos Alvarez — both of them sophomores — took home the same honor.
Bookends. Better yet, Gboweiah offered me this suggestion at the end of Tuesday’s practice: “Make sure you use the ‘Dynamic Duo.'”
Alvarez gained 276 yards on 25 carries to help lead the Jaguars past Flowing Wells 40-37 last Friday night. Alvarez also scored four touchdowns to help move the team to 5-3 on the year. He also caught a 32-yard pass to finish with 308 yards of total offense.
Gboweiah (pronounced BO-way) leads the 5A Sonoran with 1,076 yards on 143 carries with eight touchdowns. Alvarez is at 869 yards on 111 rushes with 13 touchdowns. Alvarez is 131 yards away from he and Gboweaih becoming the first set of teammates in Southern Arizona since 2013 to rush for 1,000 or more yards.
Southern Arizona Running Back Dynamic DuosTeammates who have rushed for more than 1,000 yards each in a season in the last decade.
|Year||School (Rec.)||Running Back||Carries-Yards||Running Back||Carries-Yards|
|2019||Desert View (6-4)||Serge Gboweiah||171-1,404||Carlos Alvarez||140-1,078|
|2013||Empire (6-4)||Sean Fitzsimmons||178-1,683||Chance Hatfield||217-1,133|
|2012||Empire (8-4)||Spencer Woody||132-1,054||Chance Hatfield||162-1,041|
|2012||Ironwood Ridge (13-1)||Anthony Braunreiter||239-1,766||Tyler Williams||172-1,143|
|2012||Salpointe (12-2)||Johnny Pena||225-1,526||Cameron Denson||69-1,026|
|2011||Ironwood Ridge (10-3)||Mitch Fischer||249-2,143||Tyler Williams||148-1,043|
|2010||Amphi (11-2)||Alex Avitia||144-1,613||Sam Nunez||129-1,007|
|2009||Sabino (11-3)||Stephen Fraser||180-1,472||Keanu Nelson||132-1,276|
The Dynamic Duo has at least two more games to add to its rushing total, perhaps more if Desert View, ranked No. 21 in the latest 5A ratings, can become playoff-eligible.
To do that, the Jaguars (5-3) must upset No. 18 Mountain View (4-4) on the road Friday. That would allow Robert Bonillas‘ team to perhaps move up three or more spots in the rankings before playing last-place Empire to end the regular season.
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