The playoffs for Divisions II-V are about to begin so let’s have a little fun on who might be in the running for various post season awards. Remember, things can change between now and championships.
Big School Coach of the Year Candidates
Justin Argraves, Tucson
Guided the Badgers to a section title in one of the most competitive sections in the state.
Matt Johnson, Ironwood Ridge
8-2 record and a top four seed a year after replacing almost all of his offensive weapons.
Jeff Scurran, Catalina Foothills
8-2 and a section title. Big test will be top D-III team in the state in the second round if the Falcons can get past Cibola.
Andy Litten, Marana
Made the Tigers relevant. 10 points here or there and Marana could have been one of the top seeds.
Small School Coach of the Year Candidates
Brandon Sanders, Pueblo
7-3 and a section title. He should already be in the Warrior Hall of Fame.
Mark Brunenkant, Flowing Wells
9-1? That’s Larry Hart and Larry Gray territory. The Cabs may not make the championship but what a ride.
Troy Cropp, Pusch Ridge
9-1 and a section championship. Earned the right to have a favorable bracket especially after moving up a division.
Virgil Henderson, Cholla
6-4 record. Most his players were in the second grade when the team was better.
Chris Determan, Benson
10-0. Not much needs to said after that.
Rishard Davis, Santa Cruz
8-2 in only his second year. Incredible rebuilding job from a perennial 1-9 program.
Tony Luzania, Valley Union
Has his team in the D-VI semifinals with an 8-1 record.
Offensive Player of the Year
Justice Summerset, QB: Mountain View
2,518 yards with 25 TDs. Big numbers
Rhett Rodriguez, QB: Catalina Foothills
1,980 yards, 17 TDs. Guided team to playoffs.
Noah Soto, QB: Canyon del Oro
1,942 yards, 17 TDs. His highlight reels are out of control.
Dionte Flores, RB: Flowing Wells
1,910 yards, 28 TDs. Could break 2,000. Needs 146 yards to break 5,000 for his career.
DeAndre Williams, RB: Tucson
1,476 yards, 19 TDs. Practically willed the Badgers to the playoffs.
Isaiah Lovett, WR: Mountain View
852 yards, 11 TDs. Easily the top big school receiver in Southern Arizona.
Bryan Beckon, WR: Catalina Foothills
794 yards, 8 TDs. Part of the Falcon success.
Defensive Player of the Year
Coy Colgate, LB: Nogales
154 tackles. 8 Sacks. Almost enough to get his team in the playoffs.
Jacob Ksiazek, LB: Salpointe
122 tackles. 4.5 sacks. One of the bright spots on the Lancer defense.
Bryan Lopez, LB: Tucson
110 tackles. 4 sacks. Big time player.
Justin Holt, DL: Salpointe
79 tackles. 4.5 sacks. One of the top defensive linemen in the state. Often triple teamed at the line, Holt almost willed the Lancers into the playoffs.
Freshmen of the Year
Trenton Bourguet, Marana (QB)
Wyatt Jeffries, Empire (RB)
Calib McRae, Mountain View (LB)
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