Friday Night Phenoms: Week 1

Top performances in Arizona high school football for week 1

Player of the Week

* Unbelievable stats for Maricopa QB Aaron Owens. The senior threw for 524 yards and 6 TDs in a wild win over Agua Fria.

Coach of the Week

* Conrad Hamilton - Chaparral. It's not easy taking a bus full of teens on a road trip to California to play one of San Diego's top teams. The Firebirds beat a very good Helix squad in their season opener.

Team of the Week

* Sunnyslope - Everyone, including myself, thought they would be down. The Vikings lost a ton of talent and were not ranked in the preseason polls by anyone despite great success the last two years. They beat a ranked Peoria team 33-3.


* Matt Mitchell from Joy Christian threw 5 TDs passes against San Tan Foothills.

* Higley junior Mason Crossland threw for 329 yards and 5 TDs against Chavez.

* Tristan Asken from Mt. View threw for 359 yards and 3 TDs.

* Super sophomore Alijah Gammage threw 3 TD passes, ran for another and recorded an INT in a win over Phoenix Christian.

* Coming off the bench, Liberty's Andrew Magri threw for 307 yards and 3 TDs in a close loss to Desert Ridge.

* Mt. Pointe's Jack Smith threw for 280 yards and 3 TDs while rushing for 45 yards and a 4th score in win over Bakersfield.

* O'Connor senior Bailin Markridge threw 3 TDs against Boulder Creek.


* Arcadia's Ryan Alexandre rushed for 195 yards and 3 TDs against Bradshaw Mountain.

* Agua Fria's Chris Cofield had 259 yards on the ground, 90 in the air and scored a total of 3 TDs in their loss to Maricopa.


* Joy Christian's Dujuan Lawrence had 2 receiving TDs, 1 rushing and 1 on a return in their win over San Tan Foothills.

* Higley junior Bryce Gilbert caught 8 passes for 222 yards and 3 TDs versus Chavez.

* Maricopa's Johny Johnson caught 8 passes for 287 yards and 3 TDs versus Agua Fria.

* Mata'ava Ta'ase from Mt. View caught 14 passes for 247 yards and 3 TDs.

* Hamilton's Kaleb Pitts caught 5 passes for 118 yards and 1 TD while also standing out in the return game.

* Jake Welsheimer from Shadow Mountain had 6 catches for 168 yards and 3 TDs versus Trevor Browne.

* Liberty's Deyton Jackson caught 12 passes for 165 yards and 2 TDs against Desert Ridge.

* Nate Jones from Perry caught 8 passes for 182 yards and 2 TDs against Mesquite.

* Kellis' Josiah Bailey caught 5 passes for 158 yards and 2 scores and also had a punt return TD versus Washington.

* O'Connor's Michael Tytler had 116 yards and 3 TDs.

Special Teams/Defense/Misc.

* Liberty LB Chase Hulbert had 14 tackles and 1 sack in a their loss to Desert Ridge.

* Thunderbird's Cole Sutter had 2 INTs.

* Agua Fria's Jaylon Green returned a kick and a punt for scores against Maricopa.

* Sunnyslope's Kijan Lee had 13 tackles, 4 TFLs and 1 sack against Peoria.

* O'Connor's Jake Callaway had 7 tackles and 3 sacks versus Boulder Creek.


I am sure I missed a few players, so every week send me your nominations. Send to my Twitter @jason247scout or email me at

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