Ed Doherty Medallions: Chris Arviso, Rudy Gonzales, Adam Mohammed, Cristian Pando and Alex Rivera
September 14, 2021 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365
The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club (GCSGC) announced the recipients of the Week 4 Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions™. Five players were recognized for outstanding play during their respective games on Friday, Sept. 10:
CHRIS ARVISO – JR. QB – MOUNTAIN POINTE
The junior signal caller came up big completing 28 of 36 passes for 329 yards and 2 TDs, plus added a rushing TD as the Pride defeated Brophy 26-23.
RUDY GONZALES – JR. QB – DEER VALLEY
In the Skyhawks 47-35 win over Seton Catholic, Gonzales was exceptional through the air with 378 yards passing and 7 TDs.
ADAM MOHAMMED – SO. RB – APOLLO
The sophomore RB scored 4 total TDs, 3 rushing and a kickoff return, in a 51-7 win over Ironwood.
CRISTIAN PANDO – JR. RB – WILLCOX
The Cowboys junior RB rushed for 336 yards on 32 carries and tallied 4 TDs in a 48-14 win over San Tan Foothills.
ALEX RIVERA – SR. QB - TREVOR BROWNE
The senior QB delivered all night in the 54-6 rivalry road win over Maryvale with 306 yards passing and 6 TD passes.
All five players will receive their Nomination 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 Dec. 18, 2021, where one athlete will become the recipient of the Ed Doherty Award.
About Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club
The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club is the steward of the Ed Doherty Award and is the most meaningful advocate of high school football in the State of Arizona. The mission of the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club is to represent Arizona amateur athletics by bringing national attention to the extraordinary qualities of our young people and serve in the pursuit of athletic achievement, academic advancement and greater social affinity.
About the Ed Doherty Award
For 36 years, the Ed Doherty Award has been the State of Arizona’s highest individual high school football honor and is awarded annually to the state’s most outstanding high school football player by the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club. The Ed Doherty Award recognizes the player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winner of the award epitomizes great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. In addition to on-field performance, the Ed Doherty Award recognizes the well-rounded accomplishments of community involvement, school pride, and academics.
NOTE: Jose Garcia and Andy Morales are voting members of the Ed Doherty Committee.