Mountain View lineman Kai Golden to play for Air Force

Kai Golden (Andy Morales/

Mountain View standout Kai Golden (6-2, 290) announced his commitment to play for the Air Force Academy on Monday afternoon. As we first reported last October, Golden was selected to compete in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, playing Defensive End. Golden helped the West win 14-8 in the game held Dec. 30 in Atlanta.

“It means a lot! Being a retired Marine, Kai has got a chance to travel the world and see me support and defend our country,” his father Kenny Golden said.

“Now it’s his time! He will get a great education, play football at a high level and support and defend our great country as well.”

Golden was an easy All-Southern Arizona First Team selection from his DT position.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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