Top stars, best performances in Arizona high school football (Oct. 14-16)

This is a weekly piece Brittany Bowyer will be doing for SBLive Arizona every weekend. All information not coming directly from an SBLive reporter, the team or the athlete has been credited to the proper news source who provided the stat.

Here are some of this week’s top stars. If you know of a player we should add to this list or include in a future week, email brittanyabowyer@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter at @bbowyer07. We will continue to update this post as we receive more stats.

Peyton Barlow, Senior, Queen Creek

Barlow provided the Bulldogs with the offensive spark they needed after falling behind 12-0 to Liberty. He punched the ball into the end zone twice, helping Queen Creek march back to a 26-20 win. 

Gage Dayley, Senior, Highland

In Highland’s 27-12 victory over Perry, Dayley was able to distribute the ball nicely among his receivers, passing for three touchdowns to three separate receivers. 

Elijah Joplin, Junior, Marana

After trailing 28-7 at the half, Joplin helped lead the offense on a wild comeback to defeat Sunnyside in a big battle down south, 36-35. His most critical drive was the final one of the game. Connecting with Jason Wood for a touchdown, the Tigers went for two and were able to convert to take the lead with under 15 seconds remaining.

Tyrese Linebarger, Senior, Santa Rita

With five touchdowns in Friday’s game, Linebarger helped Santa Rita pick up its first win of the season, defeating Catalina 40-8.

David Lopez, Junior, Brophy

Lopez had three touchdowns in Brophy’s 28-27 victory over Chaparral, including one on the final go-ahead drive. 

Markhi Mckinnon, Sophomore, Barry Goldwater

In Friday’s road game against Paradise Valley, Mckinnon had five touchdowns for more than 250 yards to help the Bulldogs defeat the Trojans 49-21.

Victor Rodriguez, Senior, Pueblo

Usually playing as a receiver for the Warriors, Rodriguez has been playing at quarterback following the loss of Diego Ramirez to an ankle injury last week. Rodriguez helped lead the Warriors to the program’s first victory on the road in Phoenix in ages, where he passed for more than 210 yards and two touchdowns in the 42-31 win over Tempe. 

Rex Underhill, Junior, Sunrise Mountain

With all three rushing touchdowns on Friday against Millennium, Underhill helped lift the Mustangs to a 22-20 victory over the Tigers. 

Anthony Wilhite, Senior, Salpointe Catholic

In what was essentially the game to determine the region title, Wilhite helped the Lancers shut out unbeaten Desert View 48-0 with four touchdowns.

Demond Williams, Sophomore, Basha

Williams completed 14 of his 19 pass attempts for around 170 yards. He also was able to rush for 95 yards while racking up four touchdowns in the Bears’ 48-21 rout of Mountain Pointe on Thursday.

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