NOTE: AllSportsTucson.com’s Andy Morales 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.
Salpointe senior quarterback Treyson Bourguet and Empire senior running back/linebacker Jake Lambert each earned an Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallion on Tuesday for their Week 11 performances last Friday.
Bourguet completed 12 of 22 pass attempts for 184 yards and five touchdowns in Salpointe’s 45-7 win over Buena as the Lancers took control of the 5A Southern region with a 2-0 record and 6-2 overall.
Lambert rushed 33 times for 216 yards and touchdowns and added 10 tackles, three for loss, in the Ravens’ 27-7 win over Amphitheater to set up a 4A Gila championship game for Empire (5-4, 3-0) at home against Catalina Foothills (4-4, 2-0 4A Gila) on Friday.
The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club coordinates the Ed Doherty Award nominations.
By earning Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions, the players will attend the end of season Ed Doherty Award Luncheon on Dec. 18. One athlete will become the recipient of the Ed Doherty Award, signifying the state’s player of the year.
Southern Arizona nominees this season:
QB Treyson Bourguet, Salpointe, Sr.
RB/LB Jake Lambert, Empire, Sr.
RB Ricardo Alaniz, Eloy Santa Cruz Valley, Sr.
WR Samuel Brown, Marana, Jr.
RB Serge Gboweiah, Desert View, Sr.
QB Elijah Joplin, Marana, Jr.
RB Cristian Pando, Willcox, Jr.
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 35 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