Bijan Robinson & Elijah Carey earn Week 3 Ed Doherty recognition

Elijah Carey (Andy Morales/

The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club announced the winners of the Ed Doherty Award Week 3 Performance Medallions Tuesday afternoon. Four players were recognized for outstanding play during their games last Friday: Bijan Robinson (So. RB, Salpointe Catholic), Jake Smith (Jr. ATH, Notre Dame Prep), Jawhar Jordan (Sr. RB, Chandler) and Elijah Carey (Sr. RB/LB, Canyon del Oro). By earning these medallions, all four players are added to the end of season awards luncheon on December 9, 2017 and are officially eligible for the Ed Doherty Award.

“As expected, selection of our medallion winners for Week 3 was not an easy process with so many outstanding performances this past weekend,” stated Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club President Don Kile. “Our selection committee identified over 20 exceptional efforts, including several players not on our initial Watch List. These four young men rose to the top and earned their official nomination for the Ed Doherty Award.”

All four players were named on the 43-player Watch List released last week and will receive their medallions at an upcoming school event later this week.

“Each week, the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club is looking at Arizona high school football players at every level to be at their best,” added Kile. “Our selection committee members have planned game day visits games every week, at every level, to observe and evaluate the extraordinary explosion of high school football talent throughout the state.”


Bijan Robinson, Tucson Salpointe Catholic, RB, 6-0, 190, So.: In a 27-0 win over 6A Tucson, Robinson ran 19 times for 229 yards and two TDs for the 4A Lancers.

Jake Smith, Scottsdale Notre Dame, RB, 6-1, 185, Jr.: In a 54-28 4A win over Phoenix St. Mary’s, Smith had more than 300 all-purpose yards, including 277 receiving on six catches, four of which were touchdowns.

Jawhar Jordan, Chandler Hamilton, RB, 5-11, 165, Sr.: Carried the ball 22 times for 256 yards and three TDs in a 52-28 6A win over Mesa Desert Ridge.

Eli Carey, Oro Valley Canyon del Oro, RB/LB, 5-11, 199, Sr.: In a 24-21 loss to rival Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge, he ran 32 times for 229 yards and a TD, and had 12 tackles and a caused fumble.


Rob Yowell (Co-Chairmen)
Ward Hickey (Co-Chairmen)
Ralph Amsden (Arizona Varsity)
Chris Eaton (Gridiron Arizona)
Jason Jewell (24/7
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Richard Obert (Arizona Republic)
Rhett Stallworth (Yuma Catholic Administrator)
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From news release.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. 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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at



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