PHOENIX — While it didn't always look like it was promised, Arizona high school football made it through an entire season.
Some teams weren't so lucky, as the coronavirus pandemic knocked teams down throughout the year, but the championships were played and trophies were lifted.
With the 31st season of Friday Night Fever in the books, it's time to showcase our 2020 Friday Night Fever Awards and our All-Fever Team.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JACOB CISNEROS (BOULDER CREEK)
You may have heard the Boulder Creek senior’s name a time or two.
He’s been a hot shot, a helmet sticker award winner, and now our Friday Night Fever Offensive Player of the Year.
Cisneros tallied nearly 3,000 all purpose yards on his way to scoring 34 touchdowns during his senior campaign. That’s the most out of any player in the state.
When you break it down, he had more than 1,500 yards on the ground and 21 rushing touchdowns. He added 666 yards receiving and 10 touchdown catches. The rest, all on special teams.
Cisneros is a tremendous athlete and a dynamic running back who helped lead Boulder Creek to it’s best record in school history.
He's signed to play football for the University of Pennsylvania.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TREY REYNOLDS (QUEEN CREEK)
Queen Creek senior linebacker Trey Reynolds has been a force to be reckoned with, not only leading his team, but the entire state with 157 total tackles this year.
That’s an average of more than 17 tackles per game.
The University of Utah commit also had an interception, fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries in his final season as a Bulldog.
But Trey isn’t just a stout defender. He scored 10 touchdowns on offense this year.
Trey is the son of Paul Reynolds, former ASU linebacker turned Queen Creek Athletic Director and now the Bulldogs' strength and conditioning coach. Trey's younger brother Porter is also a Queen Creek defender.
COACH OF THE YEAR: RICK GARRETSON (CHANDLER)
COVID-19 has presented so many challenges. It's crazy to think least stressful part of the week was be the actual game itself.
I spent a good part of each week talking to many coach's around the valley --- listening to what they're going through. Some were figuring out how to play with fewer kids. Others were fighting to get the opportunity to play.
It's been awesome watch the people you trust your kids go above and beyond.
Coronavirus can't take that away and as one coach told me, coronavirus can't take effort away. And, coronavirus can't take away the reason we all do this.
It was hard to pick just one, but our 2020 Friday Night Fever Coach of the Year is Chandler Head Coach Rick Garretson.
He lead chandler to their second-straight Open Division title and 5th consecutive state championship. It was Chandler sixth in the last seven years.
Garretson is 23-0 since taking over in 2019.
Chandler finished the season undefeated, being ranked all year as one of the top teams in the nation.
2020 ALL-FEVER TEAM
TY THOMPSON (MESQUITE)
ELI SANDERS (CHANDLER)
MAX DAVIS (HIGHLAND)
JACOB CISNEROS (BOULDER CREEK)
HOWARD RUSSELL (PHOENIX CHRISTIAN)
ISAIAH NEWCOMBE (CASTEEL)
KYION GRAVES (CHANDLER)
DORIAN SINGER (PINNACLE)
JAKE SCHMITT (CORONA DEL SOL)
BRAM WALDEN (SAGUARO)*
GAVIN BROSCIOUS (DESERT EDGE)
ISAIA GLASS (QUEEN CREEK)
CAIDEN MILES (CENTENNIAL)
BROCK DIEU (CASTEEL)
DEREK BASS (BASHA)
MALAKI TA’ASE (MOUNTAIN VIEW)
BRANDON BUCKNER (CHANDLER)*
DJ GLEASH (CENTENNIAL)*
QUINTIN SOMERVILLE (SAGUARO)
TREY REYNOLDS (QUEEN CREEK)
WYATT ZELLNER (GILBERT)
BRANDON CRADDOCK (O’CONNOR)
DEMETRIUS HARMON (WASHINGTON)
STEVEN ORTIZ (DESERT EDGE)
AMMON ALLEN (HIGHLAND)
JACK HOWELL (HAMILTON)
JAX STAM (LIBERTY)
JACE FEELY (GILBERT CHRISTIAN)