Paradise Valley senior quarterback Daniel Bridge-Gadd, who broke school records on the way to leading the Trojans to the state final for the first time, has been chosen the Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year.
Bridge-Gadd, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, passed for 4,268 yards and 47 touchdowns, leading Paradise Valley to the Division III championship game. Both are single-season school records. He completed 251 of 374 passes and was intercepted nine times.
Washington offered Bridge-Gadd a scholarship during the season. After visiting the school, he committed. It was his only Pac-12 offer. Before that, he had accepted an offer from New Mexico State.
Bridge-Gadd also ran for 627 yards and 17 touchdowns for the 13-1 Trojans.
In a 29-27 loss to Goodyear Desert Edge in the state final, Bridge-Gadd completed 28 of 48 passes for 415 yards and three TDs. He also ran for a touchdown.
Gatorade looks at not only performance on the field, but in the classroom and in the community to reward each state’s top player.
Bridge-Gadd maintains a 3.13 grade-point average and is involved in a fund-raising campaign to benefit ALS research. He also has donated time to an animal shelter and rehabilitation center.
Tucson Catalina Foothills coach Jeff Scurran, whose team was knocked out of the playoffs by Paradise Valley in the quarterfinals, called Bridge-Gadd “as good I’ve ever seen, perhaps ever, up close and in person.”
Reach Obert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-460-1710. Follow him at twitter.com/azc_obert.
Arizona’s top high school football prospects: 2016 class