DE Elijah Rushing, Salpointe, 6-5, 214
Rushing had 13 tackles (two for loss) in four games as a freshman in 2020. He also had a fumble recovery. … Has already received scholarship offers from Arizona and ASU. … Compiling a 4.0 GPA.
OT Luis Cordova, Salpointe, 6-4, 270
Cordova, who was part of the Lancers’ freshman team last season, also has a scholarship offer from Arizona and has garnered recruiting attention from Notre Dame, reportedly his dream school. … Another stellar member of the Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation 14U All-Star Team that played near Orlando in December 2019.
DT Sa’Kylee Woodard, Canyon del Oro, 6-3, 300
Member of the TYFSF 14U All-Star Team. … Woodard has an offer from Arizona, of which he has visited unofficially. He also visited USC on an unofficial trip last week.
QB Cameron Hackworth, Sabino, 5-9, 160
WR Savaughn Berryhill, Sabino, 6-0, 180
Hackworth and Berryhill were also part of the TYFSF 14U All-Star team. Hackworth is an athletic dual-threat quarterback known for his leadership ability and playmaking skills. Berryhill is the younger brother of Arizona receiver Stanley Berryhill III who has good size, hands and athleticism.
RB Oren Allsup, Willcox, 5-9, 160
Averaged 10.2 yards per carry (182 yards on 18 carries) last season. Also rushed for two touchdowns.
LB Dalton Crockett, Benson, 6-2, 175
Tallied 26 tackles with a sack as a freshman for Benson, which advanced to the 2A state championship game against Eloy Santa Cruz despite not having a senior on the roster.
QB/DE Nicolas Velasquez, San Manuel, 5-9, 165
Velasquez completed 43 of 87 pass attempts for 637 yards in five games last season. He had five touchdown passes and four interceptions. He also punted twice and averaged 56.0 yards.
2021 Southern Arizona High School Football OpenersThe 2021 Southern Arizona high school football schedule is set to begin with Class 1A matchups on Aug. 20. Here is a list of every local high school with their opener (*-denotes Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic games):
|Amphi||Sept. 2*||Flowing Wells|
|Baboquivari||Sept. 3||at Ray|
|Benson||Aug. 27||Pusch Ridge|
|Buena||Sept. 3||at Barry Goldwater|
|Catalina||Aug. 27||at Bisbee|
|Catalina Foothills||Sept. 3||Sabino|
|CDO||Sept. 3||at Salpointe|
|Cholla||Sept. 3||at Rincon/University|
|Cienega||Sept. 3||at Sunrise Mountain|
|Desert View||Sept. 3||at Sunnyside|
|Empire||Sept. 3||at Sahuarita|
|Flowing Wells||Sept. 2*||at Amphi|
|Ironwood Ridge||Sept. 3||Ironwood|
|Marana||Sept. 3||Mountain View|
|Mountain View||Sept. 3||at Marana|
|Nogales||Sept. 10||at Rio Rico|
|Palo Verde||Sept. 3||Walden Grove|
|Pueblo||Sept. 2*||at Sahuaro|
|Pusch Ridge||Aug. 27||at Benson|
|Rio Rico||Sept. 10||Nogales|
|Sabino||Aug. 27||at AZ College Prep|
|Sahuarita||Aug. 27||at Thatcher|
|San Manuel||Aug. 27||Ray|
|St. David||Sept. 3||Bagdad (site TBD)|
|Santa Cruz Valley||Aug. 27||at San Tan Charter|
|Santa Rita||Aug. 27||Tombstone|
|Sunnyside||Sept. 3||Desert View|
|Tanque Verde||Aug. 27||Heritage Academy Laveen|
|Tombstone||Aug. 27||at Santa Rita|
|Valley Union||Aug. 20||Ray|
|Walden Grove||Sept. 3||at Palo Verde|
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