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Vote now: Who should be the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week?

Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week for Sept. 19-25 as nominated by coaches, fans and readers.

Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week for Sept. 19-25 as nominated by coaches, fans and readers.

Read through the nominees and cast your vote. We’ll send a free SBLive T-shirt to the winner of the poll! Voting will conclude Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, email Follow her on Twitter at @bbowyer07. You also can tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveaz.

Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes who receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. 


Brendan Anderson, Senior, Mountain Ridge - Completing 24 of his 32 pass attempts for a total of 256 yards, he also threw for five touchdowns and only one interception to help lead the Mountain Lions to a 56-20 victory over Apollo on Thursday night.

Gage Baker, Junior, Paradise Honors - In Friday’s 70-3 victory over the Odyssey Institute, Baker completed 26 of 29 pass attempts for 459 yards and nine touchdowns to help the Panthers pick up a huge win.

Nathan Beard, Junior, Valley Vista - Helping Valley Vista’s defense put a stop to Westwood, Beard finished the night with nine tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery to help the Monsoon defeat the Warriors 37-29 on Friday.

Jordan Blake, Junior, Skyline - Helping Skyline to the best start in years, Blake carried the ball 29 times for a total of 250 yards and four touchdowns to lead Skyline to a 49-7 victory over West Point.

Parker Bryce, Junior, Gilbert - Friday’s game between Gilbert and Mesquite was quite possibly the most wild game so far of the season, where the Tigers were able to edge the Wildcats 28-27 on a missed field goal following a botched snap. Bryce’s defensive efforts in the game were significant, finishing the night with 10 tackles, five tackles for loss and four sacks.

Chance Cauthen, Senior, Highland - Cauthen was on the SBLiveAZ watch list this year for a reason, showing off why on Friday in the gritty 13-8 win over Brophy. In a game where defense was key, Cauthen had 11 tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack to help the Hawks bring home a huge conference win.

Roch Cholowski, Senior, Hamilton - Completing 11 of his 15 pass attempts for a total of 266 yards and five touchdowns, Cholowski helped Hamilton cruise to a 66-21 victory over Horizon on Friday night.

Jaylyn Colter, Freshman, Chaparral - While it was a tough 30-26 loss for Chaparral on Friday night, the young freshman came out in only his second high school game and shined like a star. Colter finished the night with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Landon Cozar, Junior, La Joya Community - Despite Friday’s tough 26-19 loss to Estrella Foothills, Cozar finished the game with 15 tackles, 11 of them recorded as solo. He also had one tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery in a tough fight on the field.

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Adam Damante, Senior, ALA-Gilbert North - It was an outstanding night on Friday for Damante in the 55-35 victory over Prescott. Demante completed 26 of his 38 pass attempts for a total of 464 yards and seven touchdowns to help the Eagles beat the Baders 55-35 on the road.

Bryson Dedmon, Junior, Basha - Setting a new career high in Friday night’s game with five receptions for 165 yards, Dedmon helped Basha pick up a big 55-10 victory.

Jack Freeburg, Junior, Desert Mountain - Helping the Wolves pick up a huge win in the rivalry against 6A Chaparral, Freeberg had 10 receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns to help the Wolves defeat Chaparral 30-26.

CJ Greer, Senior, Trevor G Browne - With 13 carries on the night, Greer racked up a total of 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns to help the Bruins shut out Copper Canyon on Thursday night, 56-0.

CJ Hackworth, Senior, Sabino - It was another strong game for Hackworth on Friday, completing 17 of his 22 pass attempts for a total of 309 yards and five touchdowns to help Sabino defeat Safford 68-14.

Landon Jury, Senior, Casteel - Completing 18 of his 23 pass attempts on Friday night for 323 yards and five touchdowns, along with 86 yards on six carries, Jury helped lead Casteel to a 48-7 victory. 

Jaiden McDaniel, Senior, Paradise Valley - Breaking his career-best for passing yards set the week prior, McDaniel completed 20 of his 25 pass attempts for 322 yards and three touchdowns to help the Trojans take home a 44-13 victory over Westview.

Jesus Ordonez, Sophomore, Younger - It was a big night for the sophomore receiver, who had five receptions for a total of 143 yards and three touchdowns to help Youngker beat Maryvale 58-12.

Osyruss Rodriguez, Senior, Barry Goldwater - In Friday night’s 36-35 victory over Betty Fairfax, Rodriguez had an explosive night. Setting a new career high, Rodriguez moved the ball 14 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns. 

Tony Romano, Senior, Notre Dame Prep - He finished the night with 11 total tackles, 10 of them solo, along with three tackles for a loss to help the Saints pick up a 61-7 win over McClintock on Friday. 

Braxton Thomas, Junior, Desert Vista - Thomas set a new career-record for passing yards in Friday night’s 34-9 victory over Verrado, where he completed 14 of 35 pass attempts for 232 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Don Tinsley, Junior, Perry - Making his varsity debut for the Perry Pumas on Thursday night in the game against Dobson, Tinsley tore things up on the ground in the 53-13 victory. Tinsley had nine carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns for a memorable start to his career.

Viliami Tongotea, Senior, Buckeye - Rushing for a new career high of 307 yards on Friday in the 56-41 victory over Lake Havasu, Tongotea also had four touchdowns to help secure the win. 

Josh Wan, Junior, Arizona College Prep - Wan was dropping the hammer for the Knights on Friday in the 42-28 win over the 6A Mesa Jackrabbits. Wan finished with 11 tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown.

Blake Wolver, Senior, Desert Ridge - In a huge upset for the Jaguars on Thursday night, Wolver finished the night with 17 sacks and a fumble recovery to help Desert Ridge edge Williams Field 34-33.