2021 Southern Arizona High School Football Preview: Desert View

Serge Gboweiah is hoping for another 1,000-yard rushing season (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

5A Southern: Desert View

2020 record: 1-1 before COVID-19 protocols cut the season short. Desert View is 7-5 in the last two seasons after going 6-14 the previous two seasons.

Head coach: Robert Bonillas, 35-68, 10th season at Desert View and 12th overall. Bonillas, hired by Desert View in 2012, is a former Arizona football player who played under the late Dick Tomey, of whom he was close to. Bonillas is two years shy of reaching the longest tenure in Desert View history. Humberto Federico coached the Jaguars for 12 seasons from their inception in 1985 to 1996.

Key returners:

  • QB Oscar Barraza, 6-0, 180, Sr.
  • RB/FS Serge Gboweiah, 5-11, 180, Sr.
  • SS Richard Cunes III, 5-10, 165, Sr.
  • WR/FS Rudy Rodriguez, 6-2, 190, Sr.
  • RB/FS Carlos Alvarez, 5-10, 175, Sr.
  • RB/LB Sean Sierra, 5-11, 200, Sr.
  • OT/DT Hiram Medrano, 6-0, 210, Sr.
  • DT/OT Jose Roman, 5-10, 280, Sr.
Carlos Alvarez is the other part of Desert View’s potent backfield (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Coaching staff:

  • Head coach/offensive coordinator: Robert Bonillas
  • Defensive coordinator: Richard Cunes
  • Linebackers: Sean Sierra
  • Running backs: Clarence Harper
  • Secondary: Marcus Benjamin
  • Offensive/defensive lines: Serge Mendoza
  • Offensive/defensive lines: Jose Roman
  • Offensive/defensive lines: Mike Medrano
  • Wide receivers: Ben Minor
Rudy Rodriguez (11) is a player to watch in 2021 (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Notes: Running backs Carlos Alvarez and Serge Gboweiah each had at least 1,000 yards rushing in 2019 and they are expecting more of the same in 2021 after COVID-19 limited the Jaguars to only two games last season. Gboweiah rushed for 1,404 yards on 171 carries two years ago and Alvarez gained 1,078 yards on 140 carries. They combined for 27 touchdowns (Alvarez had 15). … Pueblo transfer Abdulahi Yusuf, 5-10 and 210 pounds, will join Alvarez and Gboweiah in the backfield in midseason when he gains eligibility per AIA’s transfer rules. He also has the size to be an imposing linebacker. … Desert View is in the 5A Southern with Salpointe Catholic this season. The Jaguars have never played the Lancers. The teams, who traditionally have played in different classifications and regions, face each other Oct. 15 at Desert View. … Desert View plays Sunnyside in the Duel in the District on Sept. 3. The Jaguars have won three of the last four meetings with the Blue Devils after losing seven straight dating to 1990. … Secondary coach Marcus Benjamin is a former Arizona cornerback who played for Mike Stoops in 2009 and 2010. A Louisiana product, he played at Arizona Western before heading to Arizona.

Desert View is in its 10th season of the Robert Bonillas era (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)




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. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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