Sabino’s Derek Sanchez named APS Digital Print/Frog & Firkin Player of the Week

Derek Sanchez (Team Photo)

Sabino junior Derek Sanchez collected two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, returned a kickoff 78 yards for another TD and he pulled in a 36-yard TD reception to help lead the Sabercats past Empire Friday night.

For his efforts, Sanchez was named APS Digital Print/Frog & Firkin Player of the Week and he earned a banner for himself and for his school from APS Digital Print and a Frog & Firkin Football for his teammates to sign.

Sabino is now 2-0 on the year and the team is scheduled to host Walden Grove (3-0) this Saturday at noon.

Southern Arizona Week 8 Top Performers

A list of the top Southern Arizona high school football performers in games played Nov. 20 (stats provided by coaches and MaxPreps.com):
RB Ricardo AlanizS. CruzV. PrepW/60-64 rush/116 yards/1 TD
QB Treyson BourguetSalpointeD. MountainW/31-311-20/196 yards/1 TD
RB David CorderoSalpointeD. MountainW/31-39 rush/109 yards/1 TD
RB David CordovaSabinoEmpireW/61-77 rush/101 yards/2 TDs
LB Christian CromwellP. RidgeG. ChristianW/49-711 tackles/2 TFL
WR Kam GambrellSalpointe D. MountainW/31-36 rec/133 yards/1 TD
RB Isiah HillAmphiRincon/UHSW/42-012 rush/211 yards/2 TDs
LB Calvin JonesT. VerdeSahuaritaW/27-1415 tackles
WR Carson JonesT. VerdeSahuaritaW/27-144 rec/118 yards/1 TD
DE Garrick KrautzC. FoothillsCDOL/20-612 tackles/6 TFL
QB Corbin AustinT. VerdeSahuaritaW/27-1410-25/255 yards/3 TDs
RB Evan LovettP. RidgeG. ChristianW/49-712 rush/306 yards/4 TDs
RB Hunter OgleS. CruzV. PrepW/60-618 rush/150 yards/1 TD
RB Kollins Opoku-AppohM. ViewSahuaroW/35-716 rush/147 yards/2 TDs
WR/DB Isaiah RoebuckMaranaTucsonW/34-277 rec/92 yards/INT/2 PR TDs
QB Josh RomanMaranaTucsonW/34-2717-27/182 yards/2 TDs
WR/DB Derek SanchezSabinoEmpireW/61-72 rec/58 yards/1 TD/KOR TD/INT TD/2 INTs
LB Brayden ScottT. VerdeSahuaritaW/27-1415 tackles/1 TFL
RB Dillon SimmersT. VerdeSahuaritaW/27-1412 rush/101 yards
QB A.J. SkaggsSabinoEmpireW/61-79-9/204 yards/2 TD


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and was given the Amphi Distinguished Service Award. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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