Tucson High School Sports

Hail to J.Q. Hale: Only Southern Arizona Player Ranked In Top 10 Rushing and Passing


Not a more productive dual threat exists in the Tucson area than Palo Verde senior quarterback J.Q. Hale, who is the only player ranked statistically in the top 10 in rushing and passing yards heading into the sixth week of the season.

Hale ranks eighth in rushing in Southern Arizona with 538 yards on 104 carries and is ninth in passing, throwing for 598 yards while completing 44 of 100 pass attempts.

Hale is coming off a reported 308 yards passing and 211 yards rushing in Palo Verde’s 51-45 loss at Rincon last week. He completed 19 of 32 passes with two touchdowns and rushed 27 times with three scoring runs.

Palo Verde’s J.Q. Hale ranks eighth in rushing in Southern Arizona with 538 yards and ninth in passing at 598 yards (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Palo Verde (1-4) travels to play Amphi (1-4) in a 4A Gila matchup on Friday.

Marana senior Trenton Bourguet is the top passer in Southern Arizona with 1,221 yards, while completing 87 of 123 passes (area-best 70.7 percent in completions).

RELATED: Tombstone’s Tyler Wilridge is the top rusher in Southern Arizona.

Here is a list of the top quarterbacks in Southern Arizona (stats provided by AIA365.com via MaxPreps):

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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