Friday Night Phenoms

Arizona's best week 3

Week three is in the books and once again several student athletes stood out on the field. As we take a look at this week's Phenoms, we will once again break it down into categories.


Category 1. The runners who had huge nights. We start out with Flowing Wells running back Carlos Valenzuela who represented Tucson well with a 232 yard 3 touchdown night, in a 49-18 win over Alhambra. When good teams lose good players someone always steps up. This was the case over at Cactus where backup runner John Hart racked up 115 yards and a score on just 7 carries as top ranked Cactus defeated second ranked Chaparral 26-10. One of the states top defensive prospects is a heck of a fullback as well. St. Mary's Keaton Kristick had an amazing night rushing for 131 yards and two scores on just 5 carries in a 54-7 Knights victory. Once again Valley Lutheran's D.J. Lillard makes an appearance on our Phenoms list. Friday night Lillard racked up 190 yards two touchdowns and just to make the night complete returned a kickoff to the house for a score.


Category 2. QB's who put it up. Brophy junior QB Conor Hearn put up 236 yards in the air and was able to add 4 touchdowns via the pass in a 31-24 Brophy win over Mt. Ridge. Over in the east valley, Gilbert's Kyle Newhall-Caballero contributed in his teams win with 191 yards and a score, as Gilbert defeated Marana Mt. View 31-13. How about Goldwater's Brian Harvey? Many would say he may be the most underrated QB in the state. He made his case this week with 152 yards in the air and 108 yards on the ground and a touchdown as the Bulldogs defeated Cibola 40-14. From the small school ranks, Coolidge's Jesse Wheeler had 273 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 33-15 Coolidge victory.


Category 3. The WR's who pulled it out of the air. If a quarterback has a big night, chances are one of his wideout's did as well. Let's go back out to Coolidge as WR TJ White hauled in 6 catches for 221 yards for a whopping 36 yards a catch, not to mention he reached the end zone 4 times. Over at Gilbert Brian McDaniels had 6 catches and 111 yards and he reached pay dirt once in a big Gilbert win.


Category 4. Top multipurpose games of the week. Blue Ridge playmaker Frank Parkinson scored four touchdowns, two on the ground, one by reception and a punt return for good measure, in a Yellow Jacket 56-8 win over Alchesay. With the new alignments in Arizona, several schools are finding new found success. One of those teams is Central High. Central is represented for the 1st time as Daniel Duran accounted for 252 total yards and three scores in a 34-20 win over Tolleson. Last year Chris McGaha and Markel Devorce were regulars in our Phenoms list. So far this season Millennium's Aaron Gentry is trying his best to be a regular. Friday night Gentry rushed for 118 and added 78 yards in the air not to mention scoring 4 more scores in a 27-14 Tiger win over Greenway.


Category 5. Top defensive performances of the week. This week we will hand out two game balls to two different teams. 1st game ball goes out to Mesquite's defense. On Friday they were able to hold San Luis to just 45 yards rushing on 31 attempts rolling to a 49-0 win. Game ball #2 goes out to top ranked Cactus. Cactus has long been known as one of the elite offensive systems in Arizona. On Friday, the Cobra defense did their part. Cactus held the high powered Chaparral offense to just 10 points and did a great job of containing RBs Kyle Williams and Spencer Rothery.


Honorary Game Ball goes out to the Glendale Cardinals, who took the field with heavy hearts remembering teammate Anthony Wright. The Cardinals played with great emotion in a 26-7 win over Coronado.


Week 3 is in the books and we have some interesting things taking shape. Get out and watch some great local high school football. Coaches interested in nominating one of your players or your teams accomplishments as a "Friday Night Phenom" please email me

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