2021 Southern Arizona High School Football Preview: Tombstone

Tombstone graduate Dominik Bonilla has returned to coach his alma mater (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2A San Pedro: Tombstone

2020 record: 0-7 in COVID-19-shortened season. The Yellow Jackets have lost nine straight games dating to 2019.

Head coach: Dominik Bonilla, first year at Tombstone and overall. Bonilla played three seasons at Tombstone for legendary coach Mike Hayhurst, who recently passed away, and one for Joseph Thomas as a senior in 2012. Thomas was an assistant before replacing Hayhurst. Bonilla later became an assistant for Thomas at Buena before the Tombstone job opened following last season after Jerome Rhoades resigned. Thomas, also a Tombstone grad, urged Bonilla to take the job to start getting head coaching experience.

Key returners:

  • CB/RB Dometrius Fenning, 5-3, 145, Sr.
  • TE?CB Hadden Chamberlain, 5-8, 141, Sr.
  • WR/OLB Mason Goodhue, 5-8, 165, Sr.
  • RB/LB Jeremy McCoy, 5-6, 170, Sr.
  • RB/DB Adrian Torres, 5-7 140, Soph.
  • WR/FS Shawn McCoy, 5-11, 155, Sr.
Tombstone freshman Aliaz Dyson is ready to start at quarterback for the Yellow Jackets (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Coaching staff:

  • Head coach: Dominik Bonilla
  • Offensive coordinator: J.D. Downing
  • Defensive coordinator: Adrian Dyson
  • Offensive line: Justin Shook
Dominik Bonilla served on Buena’s staff under former Tombstone player and coach Joe Thomas (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Notes: Bonilla is trying to carry on the winning tradition Hayhurst built at Tombstone in two different stints. In his first 14 years as coach (1998-2011), Hayhurst took the Yellow Jackets to the state playoffs six straight years (2000-05). He left the program after the 2011 season and Thomas took over until 2015, when he left for Buena. Hayhurst returned to Tombstone in 2015 and coached there through 2018. He took Tombstone again to the state playoffs in 2016. He passed away from cancer on May 31 at age 79. … Junior G/DT Isaac Villalobos is a developing 6-foot-5 presence. During a recent scrimmage against Empire, he stood taller than any other player. He intends to give basketball a try this winter. … Freshman QB Aliaz Dyson stands at 5-foot-7 and 160, but what he might lack for size, he makes up for with his athleticism, arm strength and football IQ. He has played youth football in Sierra Vista since he was 5. During the scrimmage against Empire, Dyson showed composure in the pocket and was able to throw deep, accurate passes on the run. Some passes were dropped, which means the receiving corps must be get themselves ready for his skills. … Bonilla scheduled the three Tucson 2A teams that are in the Rillito region as non-region “Freedom” games. The Yellow Jackets open at Santa Rita on Friday, play at Tanque Verde on Sept. 17 and host Catalina on Sept. 24.

Tombstone’s Adrian Torres (7) and Cilantro Chambers will be important to the Yellow Jackets’ offense (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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