Walden Grove QB Alex Lopez nears 5,000 career passing yards

Alex Lopez (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Walden Grove senior QB Alex Lopez is 167 yards away from becoming the 10th athlete from Southern Arizona to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a career.

No. 5 Walden Grove hosts No. 12 Casa Grande this Friday in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.

Former Catalina Foothills and current University of Arizona QB Rhett Rodriguez sits comfortably on top of the list for Southern Arizona with 8,694 career passing yards. Former Pinnacle standout Spencer Rattler graduated in 2018 with 11,083 career passing yards to lead the state of Arizona.

Southern Arizona Career Passing Leaders
1 Rhett Rodriguez, Catalina Foothills 8,694 (2013-16)
2 Trenton Bourguet, Marana: 7,612 (2015-2018)
3 Andrew Cota, Sunnyside/Salpointe, 7,554 (2010-13)
4 Reggie Robertson, Sahuaro 7,106 (1996-99)
5 Brian Chason, Tucson Christian: 6,408 (1982-85)
6 Adriell Alvarado, Cienega: 5,910 (2012-15)
7 Adam Rodriguez, Desert View: 5,774 (1985-89)
8 Jovoni Borbon, Buena: 5,465 (2016-current)
9 Justice Summerset, Mountain View: 5,264 (2013-15)
10 Alex Lopez, Walden Grove: 4,833 (2017-current)


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