A lot of high school coaches downplay the significance of 7-on-7 football in the spring and summer, some saying it’s not real football.
But don’t tell that to Marana junior quarterback Trenton Bourguet, who takes pride in being named the Top Gun7v7.com Quarterback of the Year.
“I was very surprised,” Bourguet said. “We took two national tournaments and we took a state one, as well.”
Yes, there is a website that builds up 7-on-7 passing for high school football. It’s gotten big in Arizona with last year’s All-Arizona quarterback, Brock Purdy of Gilbert Perry, leading a spring all-star team from the Southeast Valley.
Bourguet, who is 6-foot, 160 pounds, has led Tucson Turf, a powerhouse team that featured Vail Cienega quarterback Jamarye Joiner as one of Bourguet’s wide receivers. Joiner on Tuesday received his second Pac-12 offer, from Arizona State. His other came from Arizona, with whom Joiner committed.
Another one of Bourguet’s targets was Tucson Salpointe junior running back Mario Padilla.
“Great athletes,” Bourguet said.
He led Tucson Turf to three tournament championships, including the Pylon national tournament in Las Vegas, where he and Padilla shared MVP honors.
Last week, Bourguet led Marana to the University of Arizona’s 7 on 7 passing tournament title over Chandler.
“I think a lot of people overlooked us,” Bourguet said. “That was an eye opener.”
Even though Bourguet has added 20 pounds since last season, he is considered small for big Division I college coaches to come after him. But he hopes this success at least has coaches turning their heads.
“I’d love to play college football at the next level,” Bourguet said. “I really want to be a coach.”
Marana coach Andy Litten said that Bourguet is handling this 7 on 7 notoriety with a level head.
“I think it works really well for Trenton, because he’s a really down-to-Earth kid and a very intelligent young man,” Litten said. “He’s had hype every since he was very young and it’s never really kept him from working hard in becoming the best that he can be.
“I feel Trenton’s biggest goal is to win here at Marana and really put his town on the map. I think he should have a great season working in our system and I think he can definitely play at the next level. His limitations are going to be his size, but I think his knowledge of football and his athletic ability will really help him in the future.”
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