ALA-Queen Creek CB Ryan Meza voted the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to ALA-Queen Creek cornerback Ryan Meza for being voted SBLive’s WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week for Sep. 13-19!

Racking up 209 yards and a touchdown on just nine catches, the junior helped propel his team to a 66-28 rout of Buckeye. 

Meza received 59.3% of the vote, beating out Chaparral’s CJ Eastwood who finished second with 32.42%. Cienega’s Brayden Cherry finished third with 3.58% and Coolidge’s Tad Lynch finished fourth with 3.42%

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Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Sep. 13-19:

Yasuo Bean, Senior, Catalina Foothills

Bean unofficially racked up 247 yards on 30 carries, along with four touchdowns, to help lift the Falcons to a 34-16 win over Pueblo. (Stat Credit: Andy Morales, All Sports Tucson)

Brayden Cherry, Junior, Cienega

In only his third varsity game, Cherry led the Bobcats to a strong second-half rally against Salpointe Catholic. Despite the loss, Cherry’s passing performance ended up being one of the stronger ones in recent memory for Cienega. He completed 16 of 29 passes for 252 yards. (Stat Credit – Javier Morales, All Sports Tucson)

CJ Eastwood, Senior, Chaparral

In the first half of the game, Eastwood had a rushing touchdown and two interceptions, one returned for a pick-six, to help Chaparral roll to a 63-28 victory over Higley. (Stat Credit: Ciaran Doyle)

Ryan Finch, Senior, Mountain Ridge

Finch helped lead Mountain Ridge to a 39-35 win over Centennial with five passing touchdowns on the night, along with one he decided to punch in himself. 

Matt Flores, Senior, Canyon View

Flores led the Jaguars offensive attack with two rushing touchdowns, while also contributing on defense to help Canyon View shut out Vista Grande 34-0.

CJ Greer, Junior, Trevor Browne

Greer’s performance was crucial to the Bruins’ 39-28 win over Cibola, with two touchdowns on the night, one of which was the go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute remaining. He then helped seal the win with a diving pass deflection on a fourth-and-goal. 

Blaine Hipa, Senior, Chandler

After Chandler struggled early against O’Connor, Hipa led the team to a roaring second half. He attacked the air, with five passing touchdowns in the game, three of them coming in the second-half rally to come back and beat O’Connor 36-14. (Stat Credit: Jeremiah Sosa, azcentral)

Will Howell, Sophomore, Mountain View – Marana

In his second varsity game, Howell completed his first 14 passes before finishing 17 for 20 with more than 250 yards and three passing touchdowns to help “The View” defeat Sahuaro 26-7. (Stat Credit: Javier Morales)

Jonathan Jaramillo, Senior, Coconino

Jaramillo led the game with 135 rushing yards, while also scoring a touchdown, to help propel Coconino to a huge 26-24 victory over Cactus Shadows. (Stat Credit – Eric Newman, Arizona Daily Sun)

Brett Jordan, Sophomore, Round Valley

The sophomore linebacker had another outstanding game Friday night, leading the team with eight tackles to help the Elks shut down the Morenci Wildcats 46-7. In four games, he has accrued 31 total tackles and has two interceptions.

Tad Lynch, Senior, Coolidge

Lynch had a phenomenal performance on offense and defense for the Bears on Friday. He had 366 yards on 18 carries for six touchdowns, a six-yard touchdown reception and a two-point conversion to score 38 of the team’s points in the 49-13 rout of Phoenix Christian. Defensively, he had six tackles and a sack.

Antonio Martinez, Senior, Salpointe Catholic

A clutch interception by Martinez in the end zone with 31 seconds remaining helped the Lancers secure a 30-22 win over Cienega. (Stat Credit – Javier Morales, All Sports Tucson)

Nicco Marchiol, Senior, Hamilton

In what was possibly the most exciting game in the state so far this year, Marchiol helped lead the Huskies to a wild come-from-behind win over Bishop Gorman. Marchiol had nearly 200 yards through the air and more than 100 on the ground to help the Huskies stun the Gaels 25-24. (Stat Credit – Zach Alvira, East Valley Tribune)

Cristian Pando, Junior, Willcox

An Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallion recipient for his outstanding performance last week, Pando had another strong showing against Valley Lutheran this week. He led the team’s overall offensive attack with two touchdowns on the night, while also helping out defensively with a pick-six, accounting for 18 of the team’s 36 total points. 

Zach Wallace, Junior, Liberty

In a rivalry as fierce as ever, Wallace helped Liberty secure the 41-39 win over Sunrise Mountain with the game-winning touchdown in triple overtime. (Stat Credit: Richard Smith, West Valley Preps)

Daylon Beck, Junior, Canyon Del Oro 

Beck had three catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-27 loss to Poston Butte. He also had a handful of tackles and a near interception, just off his fingertips. 

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