Marana QB Elijah Joplin named APS Digital Print/Frog & Firkin Player of the Week

Marana junior QB Elijah Joplin completed 33 of 50 pass attempts for 398 yards with five TDs in a 36-35 win over Sunnyside Friday night. The victory pushed the Tigers to 5-1 on the year after the mild upset with No. 12 Marana beating No. 10 Sunnyside (4-2) with the next set of AIA rankings coming out on Tuesday.

Joplin earned a banner from APS Digital Print and a Frog and Firkin Football for his teammates to sign.



Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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