The first week of the high school football regular season is officially over, which means the fall sports season is in full swing.
We were treated to a great slate of games last Thursday and Friday, including Ironwood Ridge’s dominant 42-14 win over Mountain View to kick off the year.
Friday offered us a glimpse at the future of Canyon del Oro’s offense, in sophomore running back Stevie Rocker, as well as another gem from Marana senior gunslinger Trenton Bourguet.
We saw Catalina Foothills survive a battle with Sierra Vista’s Buena High School, 28-17, and the return of Jerry Harris’ high-powered offense at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, with the Lions slamming down Rio Rico to the tune of 48-12.
There were dozens of performances to remember from the opening week of the year, but I’ll narrow that list down to three:
No. 3: Andrew Cook, Ironwood Ridge senior wide receiver
Stats: 2 catches, 63 yards, 1 receiving TD/3 carries, 101 yards, 1 rushing TD
Cook reminded everyone of his big-play potential early on Thursday, scorching the Lions for a 63-yard rushing score out of the backfield. The senior wideout followed that up with an impressive 46-yard snag on a deep ball thrown by junior quarterback Octavio Audry-Cobos in the game’s second half. Cook was a one-man highlight reel against a talented Lions defense and should do more of the same in the weeks to come.
No. 2: Trenton Bourguet, Marana senior quarterback
Stats: 17/24, 288 passing yards, 2 passing TD/11 carries, 67 yards, 1 rushing TD
Bourguet was up to his old tricks in Phoenix on Friday night, scrambling and rambling his way to 300+ yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers. The lanky senior has done this so many times during his three-year run at quarterback that it’s almost blasé at this point. It’s not, however, and deserves the acclaim of more around the state. Bourguet has a shot at catching Dalton Sneed atop the record book for Division 5A career passing touchdowns, sitting 21 scores shy of Sneed’s record of 87 touchdowns after week one. He also has an outside shot at breaking Sneed’s record for career passing yards in 5A, needing 2,937 passing yards to catch him. Don’t be surprised if he does just that.
No. 1: Stevie Rocker, Canyon del Oro sophomore running back
Stats: 19 carries, 173 yards, 3 rushing TDs
Rocker burst onto the scene in a memorable way on Friday night, galloping around, over and through Flowing Wells’ overmatched defense. The sophomore’s best play of the night was a simple strong side counter, which he took some 46 yards in a display of raw athleticism, racing past a cavalcade of Caballeros for a touchdown. I’m not sure that Rocker can one-up his yards per carry average (9.1) against Prescott this Friday, but I’m pretty sure that his debut will go down in the history books for Dorados fans that made the trek to Flowing Wells last Friday.
Thanks for reading, we’ll see you on Friday.
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