Tucson High School Sports

Player of Week Hunter Ogle Producing Big Rushing Numbers for Santa Cruz

The Ogle name has been around for three generations at Eloy with excellence in football, baseball and wrestling at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School.

Hunter Ogle is bringing back some of the good memories of when his grandfather Bryant was earning all-region honors in football and baseball at Santa Cruz in the mid-1970s.

Hunter, a senior running back, is also an accomplished wrestler who will likely have a future in either sport after he graduates this year.

His 254 yards on 21 rushes with four touchdowns in the Dust Devils’ 42-18 win over Coolidge last week merited him the AllSportsTucson.com APS Digital/Frog & Firkin Player of the Week. He also is one of the recipients of the Week 2 Ed Doherty Award Nomination Medallions as presented by The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club.

Eloy Santa Cruz RB Hunter Ogle with coach Rishard Davis (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Ogle, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, already has 495 yards rushing through only the first two games of the season. The four-year varsity veteran is in position to pass 3,000 rushing yards in his career when the Dust Devils play Heritage Academy Thursday at Arizona Lutheran Academy in Phoenix.

He has rushed for 2,887 yards on 363 carries in his career with 35 touchdowns.

Ogle is also carrying on the tradition of Santa Cruz’s star running back power with Art and Benny Malone going on to ASU and the NFL after excelling in the early 1960’s in Eloy. The Cade Brothers — Eddie and Mossy Cade — also went on to the NFL from Santa Cruz but they were mostly standouts as defensive backs.

The Ogle family name will continue on next year with Wyatt, who is a junior quarterback with the Dust Devils. Older brother Bryant III also was a standout football player and wrestler.

Santa Cruz has a Tucson connection with coach Rishard Davis, who was an assistant for three years at Flowing Wells and one season at Pusch Ridge before becoming Santa Cruz’s head coach in 2014. He also became the school’s athletic director last school year.

Davis, who resides in Oro Valley, is 51-20 in his seventh season at Santa Cruz.

He came to Tucson from Maplesville, Ala., in 2004 in an attempt to walk-on at Arizona in Mike Stoops’ first season, but Stoops did not allow unrecruited walk-ons on the team. After a Hall of Fame career as a defensive end at Huntington College in Mobile, Ala., Davis returned to Tucson because of contacts he knew here and started his coaching journey at Flowing Wells.


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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