The high school football season has come and gone in a flash on the northwestern periphery of Tucson.
We were treated to a year that many won’t soon forget, with Marana, Ironwood Ridge, CDO and Pusch Ridge all making the playoffs.
Unfortunately, all four were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, but that doesn’t diminish the regular seasons that each school had.
It’s been a pleasure watching each of these schools take the field this fall, and an early postseason exit should do nothing to minimize their yearlong success.
Without further ado, here were the best performances from the first week of the playoffs, and the last week of the high school football season:
3. Stevie Rocker — CDO sophomore running back
Stats: 22 carries, 114 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
Rocker, along with Pusch Ridge back Evan Lovett and Marana’s Isaiah Roebuck, was one of the finest sophomores in Southern Arizona this season. The do-it-all back finished off his sophomore season on a high note, cracking the 100-yard plateau for the seventh time in nine games. It’ll be interesting to see whether Rocker, who has battled ankle injuries in each of his first two years at CDO, can stay healthy through an entire season next fall. What’s for sure is Rocker’s next-level talent, with 1,163 rushing yards in nine games this season. Expect the meteoric talent to be on the national recruiting radar come this time next fall.
2. Tariq Jordan — Marana senior wide receiver/linebacker
Stats: 6 catches, 115 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD/4 tackles
Jordan’s senior season came to a tragic ending on Friday, when he suffered what appeared to be a severe knee injury in the second half of the Tigers’ 49-28 loss to Cienega. That injury put a damper on what was a phenomenal final performance at the northside school, with a 56-yard receiving score and several big plays before his injury. I’d encourage you to donate to the Jordan family’s GoFundMe page, as the do-it-all senior’s medical bills are sure to cost a pretty penny. Donate Here.
1. Trenton Bourguet — Marana senior quarterback
Stats: 30/34, 338 passing yards, 4 passing TDs (0 interceptions)
Bourguet capped off his legendary high school tenure with a performance to match his lofty statistics on Friday. The senior gunslinger slung the ball with ease against a stout Bobcats secondary, breaking the 5A career passing touchdown record of 87, set by former Scottsdale Horizon QB Dalton Sneed in 2014, on a passing touchdown to Isaiah Roebuck in the game’s second half. Bourguet finishes his four-year career with 7,612 passing yards, 89 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns—finishing off a career that will stand the test of time in the Tucson suburb. Expect the senior to pick up a few college offers during the offseason, given the ease with which he dissected the finest defenses in the state of Arizona during his time with the Tigers.