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Top returning Southern Arizona high school interception leaders in 2022


Marana senior Sam Brown had five interceptions last season, giving him seven in his career (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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The three top interception leaders returning from last season were also highly productive offensive players — Marana senior cornerback Sam Brown, Pusch Ridge junior safety Bubba Mustain and Willcox senior linebacker Cristian Pando.

Brown, Mustain and Pando each had five interceptions last season — most by returning players locally from Class 2A to 6A.

Brown (52 receptions for 883 yards nine touchdowns) and Mustain (64 catches for 876 yards and 11 TDs) were also two of the top receivers in Southern Arizona last season while Pando produced 1,629 yards rushing on 228 carries with 27 touchdowns.

Pando’s teammate, junior Kash Macumber, also a linebacker, had four interceptions last season.

San Manuel senior Ralphie Valencia recorded the fourth-most interceptions in 1A football (eight-man) history last year with 10. He and St. David senior Koy Richardson have the opportunity to reach the second-most at that level in a career. Valencia has the 10 and Richardson has 11 after tallying six last season.

Mayer’s Mike Johnson had 17 from 1974-75. The record is 25 held by Joe Campbell of Seligman from 1973-75.

2022 Week 6 Southern Arizona Interception Leaders

The 2022 interception leaders in Southern Arizona. Stats compiled from MaxPreps provided by coaches and schools. * - Denotes Class 1A (8-man football) player.
PlayerSchoolPosYrIntGP
Ralphie ValenciaSan Manuel*SSr66
Jaelen CollinsMaranaCBJr33
Bryce JewellPusch RidgeCBSr36
Dalton CrockettBensonFSJr36
Tony Guisa Jr.San Manuel*SSr36
Jesus BuendiaBaboquivari*SSr36
Koy RichardsonSt. David*SSr36
Matteo CarrafaSt. David*CBSr36
Donald DanielsEmpireCBSr22
Jared AhueroEmpireSSJr22
Kendric AstacioCDODBSr23
Malik RamirezCienega LBSr23
Jose PerezRio RicoLBSr23
Andrew HolbertPusch RidgeCBJr25
Remington ToddWillcoxLBSoph25
Augie RomeroSan Manuel*LBJr26
Kohen FrostBensonCBJr2 6
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