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Six standouts earn Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions

November 17, 2020 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365


The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club (GCSGC) announced the recipients of the Week 7 Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions. Six players were recognized for outstanding play during their respective games on Friday, Nov. 13: Kavaughn Clark (So. RB, Centennial); Jace Feely (Sr. K/KB, Gilbert Christian); Carter Hancock (So. WR, Higley); Mikey Keene (Sr. QB, Chandler); Isaiah Roebuck (Sr. WR/DB, Marana); and Zach Sutton (Sr. WR/DB, Shadow Ridge).  
 
 “The performances during Week 7 prove Arizona high school football is extremely rich with talent, drive and commitment. The performances delivered by the individual athletes during region play showed everyone that you cannot have a meaningful conversation about high school football in America today without including Arizona in the conversation,” said Rob Yowell, Selection Committee Chair, in a release. “These six young men join the ranks of the 2020 Ed Doherty Award Nominees and show why football in Arizona is on the rise.”  
 
 “This is the time of year when we all begin to think about playoff brackets and championships. It may sound a bit corny by now, but I truly believe this year has provided some of the greatest demonstrations of sportsmanship and competition in a very long time,” Don Kile added. “We are very proud of what has been accomplished this year. In terms of building stronger and more vibrant communities, Arizona high school football is #MoreThanAGame. We all accepted the challenge to take a step into something pure and true about our relationship on and off campus… our relationships within our communities. Every Friday night as we traveled across the state, we saw fans and families cheering for, not only their sons, but for the sons of the opposing team. It has been a good football season.”     
 
All six players will receive their Medallions at an upcoming school event this week. By earning Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions, they will attend the end of season Ed Doherty Award Luncheon on Jan. 9, 2021 where one athlete will become the recipient of the Ed Doherty Award.   
 
Details on their individual performances on November 13 are as follows:  
 
Kavaughn Clark - SO/RB - Centennial HS
In a critical Week 7 showdown against Chaparral, Kavaughn Clark broke open a tie game with two 4th quarter TD runs.  He finished the night with 24 carries for 284tds and 4TDs.  
 
Jace Feely - SR K/LB - Gilbert Christian HS  
In a 35-6 Week 7 win over Coolidge, Gilbert Christian Senior Jace Feely tallied 10 tackles, 3 sacks, caused a fumble, recorded a safety, kicked 30yd FG, converted 4 PATs & had a 53yd punt downed at the 1yd line!  
 
Carter Hancock - SO/WR - Higley HS  
Carter Hancock was brilliant in Week 7 as he recorded 12 receptions for 198tds and 2TDs as the Knights fell to Hamilton 42-19.  
 
Mikey Keene - SR/QB - Chandler HS  
Senior quarterback, Mikey Keene led the Wolves past a tough Highland team 42-19 in Week 7, with 27/33 passing for 290yds and 4TDs.   
 
Isaiah Roebuck - SR/WR/DB - Marana HS  
In a tough 49-35 Week 7 loss to Walden Grove, Isaiah Roebuck made an impact on both sides of the ball.  He caught 6 passes for 206yds and 3TDs, then recorded 10 tackles, an interception and fumble recovery on defense for the Tigers.  
 
Zach Sutton - SR WR/DB - Shadow Ridge HS
Zach Sutton posted a key performance in the Stallions 18-13 win over Mountain Ridge in Week 7. He caught 7 passes for 147yds and 3TDs, then tallied 7 tackles and an interception on defense.