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High School Football Preview: The LBs and DBs

Sebastian Adamski (Team Photo)

SEBASTIAN ADAMSKI, WALDEN GROVE

Walden Grove senior linebacker Sebastian Adamski (5-11, 220) has interest from Arizona, ASU, NAU, Princeton and Rutgers with offers from Concordia College, Lake Forest, Southwestern University and Whittier. He collected 39 solo tackles and assisted on 91 more with a dozen stops for a loss.

The Red Wolves finished with a 9-2 record and Adamski will be the main focus on defense with 10 of the top 12 defenders graduated from last year including Dayton freshman Rick Avelar III. Walden Grove won the 4A Gila Region last year but the program has been shifted over the 4A Kino Region along with Canyon del Oro, Casa Grande, Pueblo and Sahuaro. Mica Mountain will not field a varsity team this year.

The winner of the Kino Region might have enough power points to move into the Open Division.

TOP RETURNERS

INTERCEPTIONS
Devin Bowling, Jr. Benson: OLB (6)
Dylan Cook, Sr. Ironwood Ridge: DB (5)
Ethan Seppala, Sr. Canyon del Oro: FS (5)
Steve Calvin, Jr. Santa Cruz: CB (5)
Steven Geiger, Sr. Rincon/UHS: DB (4)
Sebastian Felix, Sr. Cienega: SS (4)
Enrique Cancio: Jr. Pueblo: OLB: (4)
Jacob Thomas, Sr. Catalina: DB (3)
Richard Hanlan IV, Sr. Nogales: FS (3)
Yani Brown, Sr. Empire: CB (3)

TACKLES
Sebastian Adamski, Sr. Walden Grove: MLB (130 tackles)
Eddie Lopez, Jr. Sunnyside: LB (112)
Luke Thompson, Sr. Sabino: OLB (102)
Rene Fragoso, Jr. Sunnyside: LB (100)
Manny Amaya, Sr. Bisbee: DB (99)
Hunter Ogle, Sr. Santa Cruz: ILB (93)
William Stemler, Jr. Buena: ILB (86)
Jacob Vasquez, Sr. Rincon/UHS: LB (81)
Tyler Schasteen, Sr. Bisbee: ILB (80)
Anthony Trujillo, Sr. Desert View: DB (78)
Richard Escalante, Sr. Sunnyside: CB (77)
Richard Cunes III, Jr. Desert View: OLB (76)
Garrick Krautz, Sr. Catalina Foothills: MLB (74)
Dillon Silva, Sr. Cienega: LB (74)
Carlos Alvarez, Jr. Desert View: FS (74)
Carlos Rendon, Jr. Tucson: MLB (66)
Mauricio Lopez, Sr. Santa Cruz: LB (64)
Tyler Mustain, So. Pusch Ridge: LB (64)
Jaxon Sabourin, Sr. Rincon/UHS: LB (62)
Daylin Smith, Sr. Mountain View (62)
Isiah Hill, Sr. Amphitheater: LB (60)
Serge Gboweiah, Jr. Desert View: FS (60)
Christian Cromwell, Jr. Pusch Ridge: LB (60)
Jacob Lloyd, Sr. Cholla: FS (59)
Isaiah Escalante, Sr. Amphitheater: LB (59)
Devin Bowling, Jr. Benson: OLB (59)
Tristan Spalding, Sr. Palo Verde: SS (58)
Anton Jamero, Sr. Desert View: OLB (56)
Diego Tyrrell, Sr. Desert View: OLB (56)
Ethan Morrison, Jr. Ironwood Ridge: LB (56)
Wyatt Ogle, Jr. Santa Cruz: DB: (56)
Sebastian Felix, Sr. Cienega: SS (55)
Garret Smith, Jr. Tanque Verde: OLB (52)
Jacob Thomas, Sr. Catalina: DB (51)
Aaron Zetina, Sr. Sunnyside: LB (49)
Rhubin Harris, Jr. Buena: ILB (48)
Brayden Scott, So. Tanque Verde: OLB (48)
Diego Chavez, So. Bisbee: ILB (48)
Dylan Cook, Sr. Ironwood Ridge: DB (47)
Heriberto Barnett, Sr. Nogales: CB (45)
Traivian Denetso, Sr. Cienega: CB (45)
Jacob Puentes, Jr. Empire: CB (45)
Javier Grajeda, Jr. Pusch Ridge: LB (43)
Korbin Muklebust, Sr. Sabino: SS (42)
CJ Flores, Sr. Cienega: SS (42)
Mark Cabeen, Jr. Sahuarita: OLB (42)
TJ Madrid, Sr. San Manuel: SS (41)
Ethan Seppala, Sr. Canyon del Oro: FS (41)
Lyle Tanner, Sr. Empire: LB (40)
Heriberto Mendoza¸ Jr. Desert View: CB (40)
Adrian Vindiola, Sr. Cholla: LB (39)
Derek Sanchez, Jr. Sabino: CB (39)
Christian Dicochea, Sr. Cienega: S (38)
Luis Perez, Jr. Catalina Foothills: MLB (38)
Mike Williams, Sr. Canyon del Oro: MLB (37)
Anthony Giarraputo, Sr. Sahuarita: OLB (36)
Marcell Kelly, Sr. Palo Verde: FS (36)
Nick Bupp, Sr. Catalina: ATH (36)
Dustin Sheeley, Sr. Canyon del Oro: OLB (35)
Bryce Jewell, So. Pusch Ridge: DB (35)
Kai Spencer, Sr. Marana: FS (34)
Nunu Pi’a, Sr. Sunnyside: CB (34)
Steven Geiger, Sr. Rincon/UHS: DB (34)
Elias Johnson, Sr. Tucson: LB (34)
Manuel Jimenez, Sr. Bisbee: CB (34)
Cody Ricketson, Jr. Bisbee: ILB (34)
Victor Palacios, Sr. Cholla: CB (33)
Alex Maldonado, Sr. Canyon del Oro: OLB (33)
Ashton Haynes, Jr. Amphitheater: DB (33)
Brok Determan, Jr. Benson: FS (33)
Diego River, So. Sunnyside: DB (33)
Miguel Yslas, Sr. Sahuaro: OLB (32)
Kizer Gonzales, Sr. Cholla: CB (32)
Jesse Schabacker, Jr. Bisbee: OLB (32)
Adam Plante, Sr. Rincon/UHS: DB (31)
Trevion Watkins, Sr. Sahuaro: LB (31)
Chase Randall, Sr. Canyon del Oro: OLB (30)
Steve Calvin, Jr. Santa Cruz: CB (30)

Rudy Quihuis (Pueblo Photo)

THE PAST FROM SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Rudy Quihuis finished his career with Pueblo (1966-1967) with 25 interceptions and Angel Corona had 27 for Flowing Wells almost two decades later (1983-1985). Quihuis still holds the 5A state record and Corona the 4A record. Quihuis collected 18 in 1967 and that’s still a state record regardless of classification.

Quihuis (6-4, 170) helped guide that 1967 Warrior team to an 11-2 record including two playoff victories. That team featured head coach Lou Farber, QB Frank Fernandez, RBs Tomy Hammond and Ron Jackson, and top defenders Fonso Gastellum and Pete Renaud.

The Warriors made it all the way to the state championship game where the team fell to Ed Doherty and St. Mary’s 34-22 in a game held at Arizona Stadium. Quihuis was out most of the game with a sprained ankle.

Quihuis played for Mesa Community College and he passed away in 2018 at the age of 68.

Flowing Wells went 22-9-2 during Corona’s tenure at the school including a runner-up finish to Flagstaff in 1983.

Former Flowing Wells baseball coach Len Anderson inducted Angel Corona into the Flowing Wells Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. (School Photo)

ODD HISTORY

In 1967, TUSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Morrow proposed a rule to have football coaches sit in the stands and have the players coach themselves to build character. It obviously went nowhere.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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