Mica Mountain running back Kason Colbert, who is averaging 151.8 yards per game, has earned a Week 6 Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallion for his 246-yard rushing performance in a victory over visiting Casa Grande on Friday.
The Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission (ASEC) and its managed entity, the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club (GCSGC), made the announcement Tuesday night.
The nominees will be presented a medallion at their respective school this week and are now in the running for the 2023 Ed Doherty Award, annually recognizing Arizona’s most outstanding high school football player.
This year’s winner will be announced at a special luncheon on Dec. 9. For more information on the award or to purchase tickets to the ceremony, please visit www.azsportsent.com or call 480-517-9700.
Outstanding performances from Week 6 medallion recipients include:
RB Kason Colbert, Sr., Mica Mountain
Colbert rushed 12 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns in Mica Mountain’s 42-27 win over Casa Grande to remain undefeated (5-0). Colbert has gained 759 yards on 48 carries with 11 touchdowns this season.
QB Navi Bruzon, Sr., Liberty
Bruzon completed 26 passes on 37 attempts for 276 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 113 yards and another score in a battle against Corona (Calif.) Centennial, currently ranked 18th in the nation. Bruzon now has 1,127 passing yards this season.
LB Karlo Harris, Soph., Blue Ridge
Harris recorded 20 tackles (seven solo) and forced three turnovers in a 14-13 win over Safford. He is averaging 11.5 tackles per game.
QB Zechariah Owens, Sr. Glendale
Owens was 17 of 26 for 226 yards and two TDs while rushing for 141 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries in a 38-31 win over Independence. He is 17th in the state with 1,379 total yards.
QB Enoch Watson, Sr., ALA-Queen Creek
Watson was 16 of 24 in passing for 242 yards and four touchdowns, leading a come-from-behind 29-28 victory over Pinnacle which included catching his own tipped pass to score the winning touchdown with seconds remaining.
Previous Southern Arizona Ed Doherty Award Nominees
WR Shamar Berryhill, Jr., Sabino
Berryhill had 11 catches for 241 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Safford.
QB Cameron Hackworth, Sr., Sabino
Hackworth completed 29 of 38 passes for 453 yards and six touchdowns.
RB Kayden Luke, Sr. CDO
Luke rushed for 241 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries in a 50-20 win over Desert View.
About the Ed Doherty Award
Since its inception in 1987, the Ed Doherty Award has served as the State of Arizona’s highest individual high school football honor, annually recognizing the most outstanding player on and off the field. Recipients are selected for demonstrating athletic excellence and unwavering integrity, along with a commitment to academics, community, and school pride.
About the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club
The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club is the most meaningful advocate of high school football in the State of Arizona. Its mission is to represent Arizona amateur athletics by bringing national attention to the extraordinary qualities of young people in their pursuit of athletic achievement, academic advancement, and greater social affinity.
About the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission
The Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission (ASEC) is a non-profit organization created in 1988. The Commission collaborates with hundreds of partners to help fulfill the mission of bringing national and international sporting events to the state; assisting in the promotion of existing events and Arizona sports teams; providing volunteer recruitment and organization for large-scale sporting events; and developing youth sports programs. In 2009, it assumed oversight of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2012, the Grand Canyon State Games and the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games. The ASEC was the founding organization and owner of the 2015 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. For more information on the Commission, call 480-517-9700 or visit www.azsportsent.com.