The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club (GCSGC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Ed Doherty Award Week 9 Performance Medallions. Six players are recognized for outstanding play during their respective games on Friday, October 19, 2018: Kohner Cullimore (Sr. RB/LB, Gilbert Highland); Kevin Daniels (Sr. RB, Glendale); Paxton Earl (Jr. RB, Phoenix Arcadia); Logan Maxwell (Sr. DE, Gilbert Higley); Kedon Slovis (Sr. QB, Scottsdale Desert Mountain); and Lucas Wright (Sr. RB, Mesa Desert Ridge).
“The stakes have increased in Week 9 with playoff implications factored into every game and these players are delivering spectacular performances when their teams need it most,” said Selection Committee Co-Chairman Rob Yowell. “Our committee was covering these games and the talent displayed under these circumstances is championship caliber. These six young men represent the best of a talented group this week and deserve their official nominations for the Ed Doherty Award.”
Cullimore, Slovis and Wright were named on the 47-player Watch List released on September 5, 2018. All six players will receive their medallions at an upcoming school event this week. By earning these medallions, they will attend the end of season Ed Doherty Award luncheon on December 8, 2018 where one athlete will become the recipient of the Ed Doherty Award.
Each week, the GCSGC evaluates Arizona high school football players at every level by having selection committee members attend planned game-day visits. Details regarding how they earned the medallions are as follows:
Kohner Cullimore, Gilbert Highland, SR RB/LB
In a 38-7 Hawks win over Queen Creek, Cullimore was Mr. Everything on offense, defense and special teams with a forced fumble, interception, 15 tackles, 2 rushing TDs and 100+ yds as a kick returner.
Kevin Daniels, Glendale, SR, RB
In a wild 53-52 loss to Apache Junction, Daniels accounted for 7 scores (5 rushing and 2 receiving) and 389 total yards (173 rushing and 216 receiving) for the 8-1 Cardinals.
Paxton Earl, Phoenix Arcadia, JR, RB
In a 48-20 Titans win over Poston Butte, Earl rushed 13 times for 151 and 3TDs, and caught 2 passes for 80yds and a TD. His 14 combined TDs and 1,433 all-purposed yards has been a major catalyst behind Arcadia's turnaround this season.
Logan Maxwell, Gilbert Higley, SR, DE
The Knights defense was a nightmare for Gilbert recording 11 sacks in a 46-22 win over the Tigers. Maxwell is the name QB Will Plummer will remember most as the he was responsible for 5 sacks and 6 tackles on the night.
Kedon Slovis, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, SR, QB
The USC commit was an efficient 13/21 for 219yds and a 52yd TD pass in a 45-10 Wolves win over Cactus Shadows. His 2,318 passing yards have him in the Top 5 QBs in 5A along with 18TDs and a 62% completion rate.
Lucas Wright, Mesa Desert Ridge, SR, RB
In a 28-20 loss to Mountain Pointe, Wright carried the load for the Jaguars with 36 rushes for 297yds and 2TDs.
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 32 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.