Welcome to the penultimate week of the high school football season, where teams throw everything they have at their opponents in a last-ditch playoff push.
This week’s action includes a series of high-profile contests, with Pusch Ridge, Ironwood Ridge and Marana all playing at home, while Catalina Foothills, Canyon del Oro and Mountain View hit the road.
Last week’s games produced a litany of hit-or-miss results for those squads, with Catalina Foothills beating out Casa Grande, Mountain View blanking Rincon/University and Ironwood Ridge beating Sunnyside, while the other four lost to Sabino, Cienega and Salpointe Catholic, respectively.
There were several highlight worthy performances, with eye-popping stats for those playing in victories and losses alike.
Without further ado, here are the top-three performers from week 9 of the high school football season:
3. Coben Bourguet (Marana junior cornerback/wide receiver)
Stats: 11 tackles, 3 catches, 56 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
Bourguet excelled for the Tigers in a 38-22 loss in Vail to Cienega, providing some serious run and pass defense for defensive coordinator Vince Amey, while making several quality catches as well. Bourguet has 455 receiving yards and three touchdowns this season for the Tigers and has emerged as one of the best possession receivers in Southern Arizona, while boosting his defensive chops as well. Expect the junior to have a big game in the Tigers’ senior night contest with Sunnyside on Friday night.
2. Andrew Cook (Ironwood Ridge senior wide receiver)
Stats: 8 catches, 196 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs
Cook showed why he’s the best big-play receiver in the region on Friday night, dominating an overmatched Sunnyside squad in the Nighthawks’ 29-12 win. The senior wideout averaged a whopping 24.5 yards per catch, giving him 561 receiving yards and 8 receiving touchdowns this year. Expect the talented senior to shine once again against Buena on Friday, as he’s proven himself to be nearly-unguardable this season.
1. Octavio Audry-Cobos (Ironwood Ridge junior quarterback)
Stats: 9/14, 204 passing yards, 3 passing TDs (0 interceptions)/13 carries, 91 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
Audry-Cobos had his coming out party as a dual threat quarterback on Friday night, gashing a solid Sunnyside defense all night long, both on the ground and through the air. The tall gunslinger had a special connection working with Cook in the win, while using his legs effectively to create space for himself and senior back Nathan Grijalva, who had 75 yards on the ground. This is the kind of performance that could put the 6-foot-3-inch quarterback on the recruiting map, ahead of this week’s matchup with a talented Buena Colts team coming to Oro Valley on Friday night. It’ll be interesting to see if Audry-Cobos, who has 677 passing yards, and an impressive 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, can keep up his high level of play against the Colts and Cienega Bobcats to close out the regular season.