Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week for Oct. 26-Nov. 1 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced Friday. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveaz.
WEEK 1 WINNER: JACOB CISNEROS, BOULDER CREEK
WEEK 2 WINNER: RJ KEETON, CASA GRANDE
WEEK 3 WINNER: JAYDEN RITTENBACH, PUSCH RIDGE CHRISTIAN
WEEK 4 WINNER: JARED WILLIAMS, CHAPARRAL
WEEK 5 NOMINEES:
CJ Wiggins, Gila Ridge QB: Wiggins led Gila Ridge to a 51-0 rout of Kofa with four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.
Mark Wren, Thatcher RB: Wren dominated in a 49-38 victory over Florence, scoring six of the Eagles’ seven touchdowns.
Xander Werner, Saguaro QB: Werner ran for four touchdowns and passed for another in a 48-20 victory over Casteel.
Andrey Acosta, Cibola QB: Cibola beat Yuma 53-28 behind a dominant first half. Acosta went for three touchdowns and 272 passing yards in that first half.
John Beltran, Cibola RB: Beltran also was dominant in the first half, totaling three touchdowns and 112 yards before halftime.
Brendan Anderson, Mountain Ridge QB: Anderson led Mountain Ridge to a 63-22 victory over Valley Vista with five touchdown passes in less than three quarters.
Levi Huisman, Northwest Christian RB: Huisman went for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in 2.5 quarters in a 52-12 win over Peoria.
Brock Mast, Liberty QB: Mast led the way for Liberty with four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a 53-27 win against Chaparral.
Nicolas Nesbitt, Chandler RB: Filling in for Eli Sanders, Nesbitt scored two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in three quarters to help beat Centennial 31-7.
Issac Madrigal, Cesar Chavez QB: Madrigal didn’t finish with gaudy numbers, but his two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown helped Cesar Chavez put 69 points on the board in a blowout of South Mountain.
Kaden Cloud, Williams Field: Cloud ran for three touchdowns in a 28-27 win over Higley.
Payton Barlow, Queen Creek RB/CB: In a 24-14 defensive duel win against Highland, Barlow ran/caught for five first downs and had a game-sealing interception.
Cade Swearingen, Corona del Sol QB: Swearingen threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in a 45-9 rout of Mountain Pointe. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 149 yards.
Anyale Velazquez, Corona del Sol RB: Velazquez ran for three touchdowns and more than 100 yards in the Aztecs’ victory.
Gabe Levy, Cienega RB: Levy ran for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in a 28-14 victory over Canyon Del Oro.
Ryan Swoger, Canyon Del Oro QB/DB: Swoger did everything he could to keep his team in the game, running for 133 yards and a touchdown and snagging three interceptions.
Jeryll McIntosh, Desert Edge RB: McIntosh ran for three scores in a 28-17 win over Mesa.
Tristen Sanchez-Clark, Agua Fría QB: Sanchez-Clark came up with two rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown in clutch moments to propel the Owls to a 27-21 comeback victory against Willow Canyon.