Empire RB Wyatt Jeffries named APS Player of the Week

Wyatt Jeffries. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

A very difficult decision again this week with several players putting in excellent performances Friday night. Salpointe standout Bijan Robinson had his usual great outing as did Tombstone standout Tyler Wilridge.

Salpointe linebacker Ray Figueroa collected 12 tackles and 3 sacks in a 41-15 victory over Cactus. All of those performances have been forwarded to the ED Doherty Award committee. The Ed Doherty Award recognizes the best player in the state. Robinson and Wilridge have already been recognized by the Ed Doherty Committee.

The Southern Arizona APS Digital/Tucson Conquistadores Player of the Week award goes to Empire running back Wyatt Jeffries. The senior rushed for 177 and 2 TDs on 20 carries to lead Empire past Palo Verde 55-12.

To be considered for the Player of the Week and the Ed Doherty Award, all game stats need to be entered by Sunday at 4 p.m. on either MaxPreps or Hudl. Only coaches can email or message stats.

Jeffries will receive his award this week at practice.

WEEK ONE: Trenton Bourguet, Marana QB
WEEK TWO: Bijan Robinson, Salpointe RB
WEEK THREE: Cameron Williams, Sahuaro ATH
WEEK FOUR: Stevie Rocker, Canyon del Oro RB
WEEK FIVE: Wyatt Jeffries, Empire RB


Alex Verdugo, Empire: 11-14, 203 yards, 4 TDs.
Trenton Bourguet, Marana: 15-25, 190 yards, 2 TDs.
Hayden Parson, Mountain View: 6-18, 190 yards, TD.
Zachary Eidenschink, Canyon del Oro: 9-14, 164 yards, 2 TDs.
Oscar Felix, Nogales: 11-28, 161 yards.
Gustavo Morales, Tombstone: 4-10, 147 yards, 3 TDs.
David Green, Salpointe: 6-13, 112 yards, TD.

Tyler Wilridge, Tombstone: 18-300, 3 TDs, 15 tackles
Bijan Robinson, Salpointe: 21-189, 2 TDs, 56 receiving, TD.
Wyatt Jeffries, Empire: 20-177, 2 TDs.
Kaleb Bryant, Buena: 11-163, 2 TDs.
Gary Love, Tucson: 25-148, TD.
Trayvion White-Austin, Sahuaro: 5-124, TD.
Evan Lovett, Pusch Ridge: 8-100.
Cameron Williams, Sahuaro: 5-94, 4 TDS.

Deandre White, Tombstone: 3-115, 2 TDs.
Lathan Ransom, Salpointe: 3-94, TD.
Jalen Smith, Empire: 3- 87.

Ray Figueroa, Salpointe; 12 tackles, 3 sacks.
Damian Brown, Buena, 11 tackles.
Shamon Davis, Salpointe: 11 tackles.
Jackson Kubiak, Pusch Ridge: 11 tackles.
Luke Straka, Salpointe: 10 tackles.


Friday, Sept. 14
6A Tucson 19, 5A Mountain View 14
5A Williams Field 33, 5A Marana 14
5A Buena 27, 5A Desert View 8
5A Cienega 56, 5A Rincon/UHS 14
5A Centennial 55, 5A Ironwood Ridge 7
5A Flowing Wells, 50, 5A Paradise Valley 43
5A Sunnyside 21, at 4A Pueblo 14
4A Walden Grove 49, 5A Nogales 0
5A Empire 55, 4A Palo Verde 12
4A Sahuaro 47, 5A Cholla 0
4A Casa Grande 70, 4A Rio Rico 7
4A Canyon del Oro 46, 4A Amphitheater 0
4A Salpointe 41, Cactus 15
3A Payson 32, 3A Catalina 14
3A Snowflake 21, 3A Pusch Ridge 7
3A Sabino 14, 3A Blue Ridge 7
3A Winslow 40, 3A Tanque Verde 0
2A Thatcher 48, 2A Benson 6
2A Globe 49, 2A Tombstone 40
2A Pima 46, 2A Bisbee 20
2A Willcox 26, 2A San Manuel 12
2A Miami 6, 2A Santa Rita 3
2A Morenci 42, 2A Santa Cruz 12
1A Fort Thomas 74, at 1A St. David 23
1A Valley Union 74, 1A Baboquivari 20
1A NFL YET 46, 1A Bowie/San Simon 14

Saturday, Sept. 15
3A SAHUARITA 46, 3A Holbrook 0

4A Douglas (4-0) BYE
4A Catalina Foothills (1-3) BYE


Tucson (5-0)
Douglas (4-0)
Salpointe (4-0)

Friday, Sept. 21
6A Tucson (5-0, 3-0) at 4A SALPOINTE (4-0)
5A BUENA (3-1) at 5A Apollo (1-3)
5A CIENEGA (3-1) at 5A Mountain View (0-3)
5A Sunnyside (3-1) at 4A SAHUARO (4-1, 1-0)
5A EMPIRE (1-3) at 5A Nogales (2-2)
5A IRONWOOD RIDGE (1-3) at 5A Desert View (1-3)
4A PALO VERDE (1-3) at 5A Rincon/UHS (0-4)
4A Walden Grove (3-1) at 4A GLENDALE (4-0)
4A DOUGLAS (4-0) at 4A Silver City, NM (2-1)
4A Pueblo (1-3) at 4A CATALINA FOOTHILLS (1-3)
4A Prescott (3-1) at 4A CANYON DEL ORO (3-1)
3A Ben Franklin (3-2, 1-0) at 3A SABINO (2-2)
3A San Tan Foothills (2-2) at 3A SAHUARITA (3-1)
3A COOLIDGE (4-1, 0-1) at 3A Catalina (1-3)
3A Pusch Ridge (1-3) at 3A FOUNTAIN HILLS (2-2)
3A TANQUE VERDE (1-3) at 3A AZ College Prep (0-4)
2A Heritage (0-5) at 2A BENSON (2-2, 1-0)
2A Pima (2-2) at 2A TOMBSTONE (3-1)
2A MORENCI (4-1) at 2A Bisbee (2-2)
2A AZ LUTHERAN (4-0) at 2A Willcox (3-1)
2A Santa Rita (0-4, 0-1) at 2A SAN MANUEL (0-3)
2A Santa Cruz (1-3) at 2A THATCHER (5-0, 1-0)
1A Valley Union (1-4, 1-0) at 1A FORT THOMAS (4-0, 2-0)
1A Duncan (2-2, 1-0) at 2A ST. DAVID (3-2, 1-1)
1A Bowie/San Simon (0-4, 0-2) at 1A BABOQUIVARI (1-4, 0-2)

5A Marana (4-1) BYE
5A Flowing Wells (4-1) BYE
5A Cholla (0-5) BYE
4A Amphitheater (1-4) BYE
4A Rio Rico (1-4) BYE


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 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. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com


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