Friday Night Phenoms

Arizona's Best Week #5

We are right at about the half way point in the season and we have had some great performances so far. We continue and take a look at this week's Friday Night Phenoms.


QB stat of the week goes to Mt. Ridge quarterback Chris Johnston. In a 47-21 victory over Sandra Day O'Connor, Johnston was 17-23 for 417 yards and 6 scores! Of course someone had to catch all those balls. So which Ridge receiver had the best night? You guessed it, Josh Morrow, once again making a case that he's the top wide out in the state. Morrow hauled in 9 catches for 329 yards and 6 touchdowns.


Sinagua's Cody Johnson had a great night catching the ball. On Friday Cody, caught 5 balls for 187 yards including a score in the 16-9 win over Notre Dame Prep. Don't forget about the little guy. Baghdad's Travis Dearien had a nice night with 121 yards receiving and 2 scores in a 32-22 win over Tempe Prep. Not to be outdone, Shadow Mountain WR Mitch Farney 10 catches 210 yards 4 TDs in loss to Dobson.


Like usual, running the football is the name of the game in high school. There were several big games from several big time players on Friday. Let's start out in Glendale, where Greenway's Kenton Thomas continued having a spectacular season. Thomas accounted for 190 yards on the ground on just 12 carries scoring 3 times, in the Demons 53-27 win over Independence. Over at Paradise Valley, running back Michael Williams put up 278 yards and 2 TD's as the Trojans defeated Highland in a shootout 37-35. Payson Luke Apfel hit the 300 yard mark on Friday, with 301 yards rushing on 32 carries reaching pay dirt twice, in a 17-0 win over Fountain Hills.


Best line of the week goes to Dobson running back and Washington State bound Marcus Richmond. Richmond had an amazing night rushing for 354 and 5 touchdowns in a victory over Shadow Mountain. Valley Christian running back Reggie Sheffield put up 300 yards and 4 touchdowns this week. Finally, don't forget about Thursday's game. Maryvale running back Ronald Huckaby one of the "other" stars for the Panthers rushed for 337 yards in a win over Centennial.


Quick question who's the most underrated player in all of Arizona? Many can make a case. This week I give you a candidate. How about Bradshaw Mountain's fullback Adam Beauchamp? Beauchamp once again had a monster night pounding it at people. Adam had 26 carries for 246 yards and 2 TD's as Bradshaw continued with their good start and beat Sunnyslope 27-13.


Individual Defensive Player of the week. Agua Fria junior safety Rajric Coleman had not one, not two, not three but four that's right four interceptions, helping the Owls defeat Apache Junction 25-7.


Team Defense of the week. Of all the 1st year programs competing in their first year of total varsity competition, Basha was given credit for having the best shot at being successful. Bash once again came to play, limiting Gilbert's running attack to only 25 yards rushing on 37 carries. Basha won, to go to 4-1 on the season.


Get out and watch high school football to get a glimpse at some of these fine young athletes from around the state of Arizona.


Coaches, want to nominate one of your players as a Friday Night Phenom? Remember to send me an email regarding your player's performance, email me every Saturday with your nominations.

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