The high school football season is racing through the weeks of fall, leaving us in slack jawed bewilderment.
Last week’s action included a triumphant performance by the Marana Tigers, who held off Ironwood Ridge on the road, 20-13.
We also saw blowout wins by Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (over Sahuarita), Catalina Foothills (over Vista Grande) and Mountain View (over Empire).
Canyon del Oro’s five-game win streak came to a screeching halt in the shadows of the Rincon Mountains, with the Dorados falling to Sahuaro, 42-21.
We were treated to a litany of eye-popping performances in the game’s that took place on the northern periphery of the Tucson metroplex.
There were several athletes that put in great efforts on Friday that did not make our list this week.
We’ll give Ironwood Ridge senior back Nathan Grijalva, who had 158 rushing yards and two scores in the team’s 20-13 loss to Marana, an honorable mention.
Same goes to Evan Lovett of Pusch Ridge, who earned 85 rushing and receiving yards in the team’s 40-21 win over Sahuarita, scoring a touchdown on the ground and in the air for the Lions.
Xoeius Ratliffe of Marana also gets an honorable mention, for his ability to slice and dice his way through the Nighthawks defense, gaining 109 yards on 29 carries in the seven-point win.
Isaiah Bae of Catalina Foothills gets our final honorable mention of week eight, after picking up 137 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the Falcons’ 55-6 win over the Vista Grande Spartans.
Without further ado, here are the top-three performances in Southern Arizona in week eight of the high school football season.
3. Varney Larson (Mountain View junior running back)
Stats: 7 carries, 132 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
Larson had a night to remember for the Lions in a 62-0 win against the Ravens, averaging an amazing 18.9 yards per carry in the shutout victory. The junior was a one-man tour de force for the Lions, along with fellow junior Aaron Logsdon, who had 100 rushing yards and a touchdown in the win. Larson showed off his explosiveness and ability to make tacklers look silly in the shutout victory, propelling Clarence ‘Bam’ McRae’s squad to their second-consecutive victory.
2. Dominic Bynum (Catalina Foothills senior running back)
Stats: 12 carries, 198 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
Bynum was a one-man show for Jeff Scurran’s squad on Friday night, averaging 16.5 yards per carry with a long of 75 yards in the win. Bynum’s coup de grace happened in the game’s third quarter, when he took a Joaquin Holm handoff and dashed his way 76 yards for a touchdown, giving the Falcons an eye-popping 40-0 lead. The senior has been one of the best backs in Southern Arizona this season, with 713 rushing yards and five touchdowns, and showed why he’s a must-see athlete on Friday night.
1. Trenton Bourguet (Marana senior quarterback)
Stats: 11/16, 168 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns (1 interception)/11 carries, 44 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
Bourguet gets the nod for our number-one spot for the way he handled the Tigers’ offense against a top-notch Nighthawks defense on Friday. The senior hit several difficult passes after tossing an interception in the game’s first half, showing his ability to rebound in the face of adversity. His deft swing pass to Ratliffe for a passing touchdown in the game’s second quarter captured momentum for the Tigers, allowing them to snap their two-game losing streak ahead of a must-win game in Vail against a 6-1 Cienega team that sits atop the 5A Southern region.