Willcox RB Cristian Pando earns Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallion

NOTE: AllSportsTucson.com’s Andy and Javier Morales are two voting members of the Ed Doherty Award sponsored by the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club. The Ed Doherty Award signifies the Arizona high school football player of the year honor.

The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club announced on Monday the recipients of the Week 4 Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions, including Willcox junior running back Cristian Pando for his 336-yard rushing performance in a win against San Tan Foothills last week.

The others who earned a nomination medallion were Mountain Pointe junior QB Chris Arviso, Deer Valley junior QB Rudy Gonzales, Apollo sophomore RB Adam Mohammed and Trevor Browne senior QB Alex Rivera.

All five players will receive their medallions at an upcoming school event this week. By earning the medallion, they will attend the end of season Ed Doherty Award Luncheon on Dec. 18 in which one athlete will become the recipient of the Ed Doherty Award.  

Cristian Pando rushed for 336 yards last week against San Tan Foothills (Willcox photo)

Details on the top individual performances last week:

Chris Arviso – JR. QB – Mountain Pointe  

The junior came up big completing 28 of 36 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns, as well as adding a rushing touchdown as the Pride defeated Brophy 26-23.  

Rudy Gonzales – JR. QB – Deer Valley  

In the Skyhawks’ 47-35 win over Seton Catholic, Gonzales passed for 378 yards and completed seven TD passes.

Adam Mohammed – SO. RB – Apollo 

 The sophomore RB scored four total touchdowns, three rushing and a kickoff return, in a 51-7 win over Ironwood.  

Cristian Pando – JR. RB – Wilcox   

The Cowboys’ junior RB rushed for 336 yards on 32 carries and tallied four touchdowns in a 48-14 win over San Tan Foothills.  

Alex Rivera – SR. QB – Trevor Browne  

The senior quarterback passed for 306 yards with six touchdowns in the 54-6 rivalry road win over Maryvale.

To learn more about the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club and to purchase tickets to the Ed Doherty Award Luncheon, visit http://www.gcsgridiron.com/.  

About Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club  

The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club is the steward of the Ed Doherty Award and is the most meaningful advocate of high school football in the State of Arizona. The mission of the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club is to represent Arizona amateur athletics by bringing national attention to the extraordinary qualities of our young people and serve in the pursuit of athletic achievement, academic advancement and greater social affinity.  

About the Ed Doherty Award  

For 36 years, the Ed Doherty Award has been the State of Arizona’s highest individual high school football honor and is awarded annually to the state’s most outstanding high school football player by the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club. The Ed Doherty Award recognizes the player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winner of the award epitomizes great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. In addition to on-field performance, the Ed Doherty Award recognizes the well-rounded accomplishments of community involvement, school pride, and academics.  

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