Marana senior quarterback Elijah Joplin capped his high school football career with his second consecutive nomination for the prestigious Ed Doherty Award in December while also resuming his basketball career with the Tigers.
The fact that Joplin played his senior season with Tigers, including being able to compete in basketball, is somewhat of a miracle after he lost vision in his right eye following an accident last summer playing 7-on-7 football at a northside park.
Joplin broke an orbital bone and was told initially that he may not be able to compete in sports again.
He came back strong and resumed starting duties at quarterback three games into the season.
He concluded his high school career with 6,074 passing yards while completing an astounding 436 of 595 pass attempts (73.3 percent) with 63 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In addition to playing basketball, he plans to be a distance thrower in track and field with the Tigers.
Joplin’s accomplishments in football with the Ed Doherty Award nomination in December and his contribution to Marana’s basketball team merits him the Jet Sports Training Male Athlete of the Month.
He became only the sixth player in Southern Arizona history to break 6,000 career passing yards.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA CAREER PASSING LEADERS
1 Rhett Rodriguez, Catalina Foothills 8,694 (2013-16)
2 Trenton Bourguet, Marana: 7,612 (2015-18)
3 Andrew Cota, Sunnyside/Salpointe, 7,554 (2010-13)
4 Reggie Robertson, Sahuaro 7,106 (1996-99)
5 Brian Chason, Tucson Christian: 6,408 (1982-85)
6 Elijah Joplin, Marana: 6,074 (2020-2023)
7 Tyler D’Amore, Ironwood Ridge: 5,915 (2008-10)
8 Adriell Alvarado, Cienega: 5,910 (2012-15)
9 Adam Rodriguez, Desert View: 5,774 (1985-89)
10 Jovoni Borbon, Buena: 5,666 (2016-19)
11 Justice Summerset, Mountain View: 5,264 (2013-15)
12 Alex Lopez, Walden Grove: 5,062 (2017-19)
13 Cameron Hackworth, Sabino: 4,926 (2020-current)
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