The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club (GCSGC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Week 8 Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions™. Five players are recognized for outstanding play during their respective games on Friday, October 8, 2021: Colton Allen (Sr. RB, Higley); Johnny Bellino (Sr. WR, ALA-Gilbert North); Mack Molander (Jr. QB, Eastmark); Richard Stallworth (Jr. QB, Yuma Catholic); and Porter Sweet (Sr. DL, Desert Mountain).
One of the five players was named on the 55-player Week 3 Watch List™ released on September 7, 2021. 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 December 18, 2021, where one athlete will become the recipient of the Ed Doherty Award.
Details on their individual performances on October 1st are as follows:
Colton Allen – Sr. RB – Higley
In the Knights' 44-29 win over Desert Ridge, Allen rushed for 245yds on 29 carries and 3TDs.
Johnny Bellino – Sr. WR – ALA-Gilbert North
Bellino hauled in 6 receptions for 263yds and 5TDs in the Eagles 55-9 victory over Arizona College Prep.
Mack Molander – Jr. QB – Eastmark
In leading the Firebirds to a 38-18 win over Coolidge, Molander was 21 for 29 passing with 277yds and 5TDs. He added another 105yds on 8 carries.
Richard Stallworth – Jr. QB – Yuma Catholic
Stallworth, the leading passer in Arizona and 8th in the nation, connected on 21 of 34 passes for 535yds and 8TDs in the Shamrocks 63-0 win over Chino Valley.
Porter Sweet – Sr. DL – Desert Mountain
Sweet was a nightmare for the Goldwater offense in the Wolves' 37-7 victory over the Bulldogs. He recorded 7 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 3 QB hurries.
To learn more about the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club and to purchase tickets to the Ed Doherty Award Luncheon, visit http://www.gcsgridiron.com/.
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 35 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.