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 Oct. 12-18 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 regan@scorebooklive.com 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 NOMINEES:

Richard Stallworth, Yuma Catholic QB: The Shamrocks’ passing game was dominant in a 49-12 victory over Wickenburg. Stallworth led the charge with massive totals of 481 yards and seven touchdowns.

Austin Rush, Yuma Catholic WR: Stallworth’s top beneficiary was Rush, who turned four catches into three touchdowns and 130 yards. 

John Beltran, Cibola RB: Beltran was one of a few Raiders to go off in a 51-18 victory over Kofa. In the first half, he went for 97 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 70 yards and a touchdown receiving.

Isaac Rios, Cibola RB: Rios picked up where Beltran left off — he added two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in the second half.

Matthew Gonzalez, Cibola FS: Gonzalez led Cibola’s defense with two interceptions. 

L.T. Morey, Morenci RB: Morey was unstoppable in a 39-14 victory over Bisbee, rushing for four touchdowns and a two-point conversion.

JJ Newcombe, Casteel DB: The freshman cornerback had two timely interceptions and three passes defensed to get Casteel over Queen Creek in a 12-7 defensive battle.

Jadon Hanzal, Valley Christian QB: Hanzal threw for a whopping seven touchdowns in a 61-7 blowout of Winslow. 

Andrew Hanzal, Valley Christian WR: Hanzal led the Trojans in receiving touchdowns with four. Austyn Gerard had the other three. 

Carlos Griffin, Saguaro DB: Saguaro did essentially all of its damage in the first half of a 70-14 trouncing of Maricopa. Griffin helped the Sabercats control the game early with two interception-return touchdowns in less than a quarter and a half of play. He added a third interception later.

Caleb Jones, Basha RB/LB: Jones starred on both sides of the ball in a 38-24 victory over Desert Vista, finishing with three rushing touchdowns and an interception-return touchdown.

Kai Millner, Higley QB: Millner led the Knights to a 42-21 victory over Desert Ridge with five passing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown on a trick play.

Truitt Robinson, Higley WR: Robinson was another key part of Higley’s aerial success, finishing with two receiving touchdowns and the touchdown pass to Millner. The Knights also received major contributions at receiver from Branson Heywood and Carter Hancock.

Jayden Rittenbach, Pusch Ridge Christian WR: Rittenbach led the Lions to a 58-36 victory over Thatcher with four touchdowns and 210 yards receiving in three quarters. 

Ty Thompson, Mesquite QB: The dynamic duo of Thompson and Eric Lira led Mesquite to 60 points in an 18-point victory over American Leadership Academy. Thompson had five touchdown passes and ran for two scores, going for hundreds upon hundreds of total yardage, including nearly 300 in the second quarter alone. 

Eric Lira, Mesquite WR/FS: Lira caught four of Thompson’s five touchdown passes and scored on an interception return. 

Angel Flores, Casa Grande QB: Flores was one of numerous Cougars to shine in a 56-point thrashing of Vista Grande. He went for three passing touchdowns and two rushing scores. 

Kevin White, Casa Grande WR/DB: White caught a touchdown pass on offense and recorded back-to-back interceptions on defense.

Zion Burns, Poston Butte RB: Burns ran for three touchdowns in a 46-15 win against Benjamin Franklin.

Tommy Arnold, Sunrise Mountain RB/LB: In arguably the game of the week, Arnold rushed for two touchdowns and recovered a fumble on defense to clinch a 37-33 victory over Liberty. 

Richard Wight, Mountain Ridge DB: Wight anchored the Lions’ defense with three interceptions in a 28-10 statement win over Notre Dame Prep. 

Jacob Cisneros, Boulder Creek RB: The Jaguars held on to win a 28-27 thriller over Brophy Prep behind the elite duo of running back Jacob Cisneros and quarterback Bear Milicek. Cisneros ran for two touchdowns and caught another from Milicek, who also had a rushing touchdown. 

Max Davis, Highland RB: Davis produced perhaps the best stat line of the night in a resounding 47-13 win over Sandra Day O’Connor. He ran for 311 yards and five touchdowns on 22 attempts, good for more than 14 yards per carry. Davis received plenty of help from his offensive line, consisting of Bronson Barney, Cooper Stevens, Makua Pule, Noah Boone and Caleb Lomu.

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