Friday Night Phenoms

Mt. Ridge's Jeff Locke leads 24-7's group of Friday Night Phenoms with his state record 63 yard field goal.

Last week we got a small taste of football after the long off-season. This week, the season kicked off into full effect as every team now has at least one game under their belts.


As always, there were some standout performances and we at would like to highlight some of them.


My first Friday Night Phenom is Mt. Ridge kicker Jeff Locke. Jeff set a state record by kicking a 63 yard field goal against Sunnyside.


I want to congratulate Jason Golden at Kellis and Ron Frank at Copper Canyon for getting their respective team's their first win on a full varsity schedule.


San Luis, Cortez and Greenway broke long winless streaks and each won games on Friday night. And I would also like to congratulate McClintock coach Mike Gibbons for getting his first win as a varsity coach as the Chargers beat Sunnyslope.


It is not too often that you see a freshman under center at the varsity level, much less succeed, but North Canyon QB Dominic Portacarrero did just that. The freshman led the Rattlers to a victory over Tucson High and he was 16 of 24 for 3 TDs on the night and added 66 yards rushing and 2 scores on the ground.


Notre Dame QB Sean Renfree started off the year right with a 277 yard 3 touchdown night against Desert Edge.


Round Valley QB Haden Eager lit up the score boards with 351 yards passing and 4 TDs.


Tim Ruben from defending state champion Saguaro rushed for 200 yards and had 126 yards in the air.


It's tough to win games without a rushing attack and the following backs had big nights:


- Coronado's Travis Huff went for 276 yards and 3 scores.


- Westwood's Ben Ochoa rushed for 173 yards on just 15 carries.


- Mingus' Layton Dickerson hit paydirt 4 times and rushed for 117 yards against Queen Creek.


- In a losing effort, AJ's Shane McCullen rushed for 213 yards.



- Joseph City's Zack Boldrum batted 100% scoring 3 TDs on all 3 of his carries. He finished with 74 yards.


- Peoria's Jamal Miles averaged nearly 10 yards per carry against T-bird. He rushed for 174 yards and 3 scores on just 18 carries.


On to wide receivers, Agua Fria's Derrick Ross had 212 all purpose yards and returned the opening kickoff for a score. He ended the night with 3 scores and his most crucial catch came late in the 4th when he made a one-handed catch to seal the win for the Owls.


McClintock's Malcolm Martin had 4 catches for 130 yards and 2 scores and he too returned a kick for another score.


Baghdad's Gaige McKeon returned 2 punts for scores.


And finally on defense, my top junior Devon Kennard from Desert Vista was a terror, recording 5 sacks, 9 tackles, multiple TFLs and blocking a kick.


Not to be out done was Round Valley LB Travis Trickey who recorded 26 tackles and an INT.


I know I missed some kids so please email me at and let me know about it.

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