Here we go with this week's edition of Friday Night Phenoms. It does not seem like it but it is October and teams are in region play and jockeying for playoff births and power points. This is a great time of the season as each game has meaning. Do not miss any of the action and make sure you get out and support your team this upcoming weekend.
This past summer, Maryvale received a ton of press as top players Jermaine Williams and Brantwon Bowser committed to the hometown Sundevils. Quietly though, teammates Ronald Huckaby and Oscar Navarro have brought diversity to the Panther offense on the way to a 6-1 record. Huckaby is on track for a 2,000 yard rushing season and this past weekend QB Navarro passed for five TDs on 12 of 17 passing. Over the past two seasons, one player I have been impressed with every time I see him is Brophy RB Nick Natale. At 5'10 and 160 pounds he does not cast the most impressive shadow but give him the ball and look out. Friday night against Horizon, Natale who has backed up Markel Devorce and Rahnee Dennard, shined as he went for over 200 yards rushing. Another underrated player is QB Brian Harvey of Goldwater. Friday, Harvey threw for 240 yards and ran for 90 more. Currently Harvey is right around 1,400 yards of total offense. Mountain Pointe RB Michael Moore averaged over twelve yards a carry on the way to nearly 260 yards rushing in the win over Marcos de Niza.
In 5A II North Canyon just keeps winning. In the Rattlers win Friday night, TE/LB Anthony Llanos scored three times. On the offensive side of the ball he caught two touchdown passes and on the defensive side of the ball he returned a pick for a score. On the season he has two defensive touchdowns.
In 4A II TJ Campbell of Sunnyslope continues to get behind defenses. In the past two weeks Campbell has four TD receptions