Angel Flores Arizona Bowl Player of the Year

Casa Grande Union quarterback Angel Flores is presented with the Arizona Bowl Player of the Year Award on Friday.

CASA GRANDE — Although the Cougars are just under a month removed from winning their first football state championship in the Arizona Interscholastic Association playoff era, the recognition and awards have not stopped coming in for the Casa Grande Union quarterback.

On Friday, the now graduated Angel Flores was named Player of the Year by the Arizona Bowl.

Even though this year’s game between Central Michigan and Boise State was canceled due to COVID-19, bowl organizers still wanted to recognize the talents of Flores by presenting him with the award.

“It is an honor, I am very happy that I was the one who received it,” Flores said. “There are so many other kids that could have received it, but them choosing me is an honor. I am very grateful for it.”

The award is voted on by Arizona high school coaches, which makes this a big tip of the cap to the Cougar standout.

Flores finished his senior season for the Cougars with 2,671 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, to go along with 1,295 yards on the ground, and 19 rushing touchdowns.

For Flores, the summary of his time at CG Union all revolves around finally winning the big one in his senior season. He said that ending his Cougar career with a state championship was the perfect way for it all to end.

Flores will not have a lot of time to relax, as he has already graduated and plans to head up to the pines of Flagstaff during the weekend to get ready for his classes at Northern Arizona University.

The NAU commit said that it is a great feeling to be done with high school, and is ready to face what lies ahead of him in college.

“It definitely feels good to say that I am done with it,” Flores said. “I give all the credit to my mom, she pushed me a lot, both on the field and in the classroom. I am a little nervous to get up to NAU, it is going to be a big change, but I am excited for it, and I am ready for it.”

Flores will get an early chance to meet his new coaching staff and teammates, as well as get a head start on both his collegiate football career and his academics.

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David Church is a reporter covering Eloy, Arizona City and sports. He can be reached at dchurch@pinalcentral.com.

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