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.
Desert View senior running back Serge Gboweiah is one of the recipients of the Week 7 Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions as presented by the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club following his performance in the Jaguars’ 46-28 win over previously unbeaten Marana last week.
Gboweiah (pronounced BO-way) is the third player from Southern Arizona to earn the medallion this season, joining Willcox running back Cristian Pando and Marana quarterback Elijah Joplin.
By earning the medallion, they will attend the end of season Ed Doherty Award Luncheon on Dec. 18, where one athlete will become the recipient of the Ed Doherty Award signifying the top player in the state.
.@DESERTVIEW_FB RB Serge Gboweiah (@2Tone9_ ) named Southern Arizona @APSMailroom APS Digital Print/@FrognFirkinAZ Frog &Firkin Football Player of the Week. He earned banners to display for himself and school from APS and the Frog & Firkin game ball. https://t.co/qGylZSUWMl
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 5, 2021
The six players in the state recognized for outstanding play during their respective games last week: Gboweiah, Gage Baker (sophomore QB, Paradise Honors); Will Galvan (junior QB, Cactus); AJ Murphy (senior running back, Casteel); Isaiah Savoie (senior running back, Apache Junction); and Brayton Silbor (senior quarterback, Chaparral).
All six players will receive their Nomination Medallions at an upcoming school event this week.
Details on their individual performances last week are as follows:
Serge Gboweiah – Desert View RB
Gboweiah rushed for 315 yards on 24 carries and three TDs in the Jaguars’ win over Marana, helping Desert View to a 4-0 record.
Gage Baker – Paradise Honors QB
In the first start of his high school career, Baker completed 19 of 26 passes for 401 yards and eight TDs. He added a 56-yard rushing touchdown in the Panthers’ 61-13 win over Odyssey Institute.
Will Galvan – Cactus QB
Galvan completed 19 of 27 passes for 223 yards and a school-record seven TDs in the Cobras’ 54-6 win over Poston Butte.
AJ Murphy – Casteel RB
Murphy ran for a school-record 384 yards on 31 carries, adding five TDs in the Colts’ 47-27 win over Higley.
Isaiah Savoie – Apache Junction RB
Baker ran for a school-record 292 yards on 31 carries while recording five TDs in the Prospectors’ 56-31 win over Fountain Hills.
Brayton Silbor – Chaparral QB
Silbor, the leading 6A passer in the state after five games, completed 27 of 37 passes for 347 yards and four TDs in the Firebirds’ 42-21 win of O’Connor.
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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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District