Douglas’ Berthely recipient of prestigious Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallion

Douglas’ Emiliano Berthely had 308 yards rushing in the Bulldogs’ win at Cholla in Week 5 (Douglas photo)

The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club announced Tuesday the recipients of the Week 5 Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions™ and among the six players recognized were Douglas junior running back/athlete Emiliano Berthely for his performance Friday at Cholla.

None of the six are seniors.

The others are Paradise Honors junior quarterback Gage Baker, Flagstaff freshman Chase Brown, Arizona College Prep junior defensive end Cayden Gibson, Higley junior running back Dax Hall and Chandler running back Ca’lil Valentine

All of them will receive their Nomination Medallions at an upcoming school event this week. 

By earning Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions, they will attend the end of season Ed Doherty Award Luncheon on Dec, 17, when one athlete will become the recipient of the Ed Doherty Award.  

Details on their individual performances from Week 5: 

Gage Baker – Jr. QB – Paradise Honors  

Baker led the Panthers to a 52-26 win over Bourgade Catholic completing 26 of 35 passes for 334 yards and 5 TDs.  

Emiliano Berthely – Jr. RB – Douglas  

Berthely ran for 308 yards on 22 carries, with 4 TDs, and he returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown in a 56-49 win over Cholla.

Chase Brown – Fr. QB – Flagstaff  

Making his first varsity start for the Eagles, Brown completed 15 of 18 passes for 405 yards and a school-record 6 TDs in a 56-12 win over Rio Rico.  

Cayden Gibson – Jr. DE – Arizona College Prep  

In a 28-20 win over Waldon Grove, Gibson recorded six sacks for the second consecutive game (12 total on the season), equaling the record he set last week.  He also tallied eight tackles for the Knights in the victory.  

Dax Hall – Jr. RB – Higley  

Hall amassed 224 yards and 3 TDs on 12 carries, while adding eight receptions for 105 yards and 2 TDs in the Knights’ 57-35 win over previously undefeated Sunnyslope.  

Ca’lil Valentine – Jr. RB – Chandler  

Valentine led the Wolves in a 35-0 road win over Notre Dame Prep with his third straight 100-plus rushing effort, totaling 224 yards on 17 carries with 4 TDs.   

To learn more about the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club and to purchase tickets to the Ed Doherty Award Luncheon, click here.  


Week 4: Sabino junior QB/CB Cameron Hackworth

Week 5: Douglas junior RB/ATH Emiliano Berthely

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 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 37 years, the Ed Doherty Award has been 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.  

AllSportsTucson.com’s Andy and Javier Morales are among the voters for the Ed Doherty Award.


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.

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