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2018 Ed Doherty Award Week 3 Watch List Announced

Roster features 47 Arizona Prep Football Players

PHOENIX, Ariz. – September 5, 2018 – The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club (GCSGC) is pleased to release the 2018 Ed Doherty Award watch list for the current Arizona high school football season. Forty-seven (47) players from 33 high schools across the state were added to the watch list to potentially be awarded with nominee medallions based on their performances during the first three weeks of the 2018 season.


To be eligible to appear on the watch list, a player must have participated during games, recorded an exceptional performance and be in good academic standing. Each week, a selection committee made up of members of Arizona high school sports media, coaches and stakeholders will officially award nomination medallions to players across the state, thus earning them a spot on the final list from which the 2018 Ed Doherty Award winner will be selected on Dec. 8, 2018.


“The Ed Doherty Award represents all that is great about high school football in Arizona,” said selection committee co-chair, Rob Yowell. “The increased profile of football talent in our state warrants highlighting the accomplishments of athletes vying for this award throughout the season.”


According to selection committee co-chair, Ward Hickey, the goal of the watch list is to focus on how players perform in the first few weeks of the season, and to not compete with preseason lists. “The committee fully expects players who are not currently on the list to rise up during the season to earn a spot on the final list,” he said.


The watch list is as follows:


To learn more about the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club and previous Ed Doherty Award winners, visit


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 college 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.

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