Saguaro's Christian Kirk named Gatorade Arizona Player of Year

Saguaro's Christian Kirk named Gatorade Arizona Player of Year

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Saguaro's Christian Kirk named Gatorade Arizona Player of Year

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The postseason awards have only just begun for Scottsdale Saguaro senior Christian Kirk, who was named the Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year.

Kirk, 5 feet 11 and 195 pounds, led Saguaro to a second consecutive Division III championship — scoring four touchdowns, including a back-breaking, 98-yard kickoff return just before halftime in the final against Gilbert Williams Field last week.

Kirk set a career state record for big schools (Divisions I through III) with 103 touchdowns. He has started since his freshman year.

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The receiver/running back/defensive back, who is visiting USC this weekend for his last official recruiting trip, will announce his college choice Dec. 17. Arizona State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Auburn and Ohio State are among his other finalists.

Saguaro went 14-0, finishing the season with a 27-game winning streak.

In selecting its state Players of the Year, Gatorade considers athletics, community service and academics. Kirk has a 3.39 grade-point average, mentors middle-school students and volunteers at a homeless shelter and food bank. He also has served as a youth football coach.

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This season Kirk ran for 1,692 yards and 25 touchdowns, and he caught 61 passes for 1,187 yards and 17 touchdowns. He intercepted four passes, returning two for touchdowns.

Game photos: Saguaro vs. Williams Field


The Saguaro Sabercats celebrate after winning over the Williams Field Black Hawks, 45-21 in the Division III state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

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