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Looking Like Ex-Sunnyside and Arizona Star David Adams, Tombstone’s Tyler Wilridge Tops Southern Arizona’s Running Backs


His size, strength and speed makes Tombstone High School standout running back Tyler Wilridge look like the second coming of former Sunnyside and Arizona standout David Adams.

Add to that list: stats.

Tyler Wilridge is averaging 287-2 rushing a yards a game at Class 2A Tombstone this season (Tombstone picture)

Wilridge, a two-way star who also plays strong safety — yes strong safety — at 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, leads all of Southern Arizona with 1,436 yards on 87 carries with 20 touchdowns. He is averaging a phenomenal 287.2 yards a game and 16.5 yards a carry.

On defense, he is a team leader with 44 tackles. He also has a 99-yard interception return for touchdown, showing the elusiveness that Adams showed in the 1980’s with the Blue Devils and Wildcats.

Look at this highlight reel of Wilridge in a recent game against Pima. To get an idea of Wilridge’s strength, check out his tackle of a running back at the 3:05 mark:

Some may point out that Wilridge is doing this at the Class 2A level but think of this: He is tearing up the competition there at an extreme rate. Who’s to say he can’t hold his own against 4A, 5A or 6A teams with his production?

Wilridge and Tombstone (3-2) play at rival Benson (3-2) this Friday.

Here is a list of the top running backs in Southern Arizona at the midway point of the season (stats provided by AIA365.com via Max Preps):

Player School Year GP Car Yds Y/G Avg TD
Tyler Wilridge Tombstone Sr 5 87 1436 287.2 16.5 20
Bijan Robinson Salpointe Catholic Jr 5 86 974 194.8 11.3 12
Wyatt Jeffries Empire Sr 5 103 706 141.2 6.9 6
Cameron Williams Sahuaro Sr 6 54 693 115.5 12.8 14
Rashaad Henderson Flowing Wells Sr 5 98 671 134.2 6.8 11
Stevie Rocker Canyon del Oro Soph 4 51 614 153.5 12.0 7
Nathan Grijalva Ironwood Ridge Sr 5 100 570 114.0 5.7 6
JQ Hale Palo Verde Sr 5 104 538 107.6 5.2 8
Manny Mejia Douglas Sr 5 37 534 106.8 14.4 6
Kaleb Bryant Buena Sr 5 65 504 100.8 7.8 8
Gary Love Tucson Jr 6 77 493 98.6 6.4 7
Christian Estrella Douglas Jr 4 51 450 112.5 8.8 5
Dominic Bynum Catalina Foothills Sr 4 50 437 109.3 8.7 3
Evan Lovett Pusch Ridge Soph 5 42 418 83.6 10.0 5


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