Friday Night Phenoms

Best performances from Friday night

Friday Night Phenoms



In searching for our nominees for our Friday Night Phenoms, it is not uncommon to see a good number of RBs that had solid nights. There was no shortage of RBs this week, in fact RBs dominate this week's version of FNPs.


We will start with Mt. View FB Ridge Nielsen. This kid is a player!! He wore down the Gilbert defense in the Toro's victory and had runs of 80 and 95 yards. Previous to the Gilbert game, he was averaging 13 yards a carry and a 286 yard performance should not hurt that average.


Let's make sure we give credit to a young man having a huge season. Washington State commit Marcus Richmond of 2-2 Dobson is averaging nearly 200 yards rushing a game, including 230 versus Mt. Ridge on Thursday. Down south Michael Smith of Sunnyside made short work of Sabino rushing for 238 yards and 4 TDs. He also pitched in a KO return for a score in the victory over the then #3 team in 4AI. Also down south, Jesus Short of Cienega is quietly posting big numbers weekly. This week was no different as he had 135 yards on the ground and 111 yards receiving.


Now to a few kids that don't get as much pub but are still having great season. Mingus RB Ryan Hauser needed only fifteen carries to score three TDs as 4AII #1 Mingus shut out Apache Junction. Apollo Jr. RB Prince Amukamara carried the ball only 11 times versus Desert Edge but he had 215 yards and 4 scores in the outing. "A-Train" Adam Beauchamp of Bradshaw Mountain bowling balled his way to 200 yards rushing on 14 carries.


RBs were not the only positions to perform well on Friday, there were some great QB performances as well. Jr. QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero was 24-38 for 254 yards and 2 scores in Gilbert's loss to Mt. View. His favorite target was Bryan McDaniel, who caught 13 of those balls. Another player having a great start to his senior season is QB Dax Crum of 4-0 Horizon.  He hit the 300 yard mark again this week (320) and after having an up and down junior season has rebounded this year passing for over 220 yards per game.  And not to be outdone was Mesa QB Nick Hume who had 258 yards in the air and 5 TDs in the Jackrabbit's win over Flowing Wells.


Coaches, parents and fans, if you feel that a player deserves recognition for his Friday performance, feel free to email

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