From 2010-2019, Salpointe’s Bijan Robinson easily standouts out as the top running back in the state of Arizona and that includes all of Southern Arizona. With state records in rushing yards and scoring, this was probably the easiest pick. Not only that, Robinson rushed for over 2,000 yards in three separate seasons. He is the only one from Arizona to do so in any decade or century.
Former Canyon del Oro standout Ka’Deem Carey played for the Dorados in the fall of 2010. He finished his career with 5,701 yards with 82 rushing TDs. Carey is the easy choice for RB of the previous decade. He rushed for 1,754 yards with 26 TDs in 2010.
TOP RUSHING YARDS FROM 2010-2019
Bijan Robinson, Salpointe: 7,036, 103 TDs (2016-2019)
Dionte Flores, Flowing Wells: 5,006, 70 TDs (2012-2015)
Manny Vera, Sunnyside/Cienega: 4,123, 55 TDs (2010-2011)
Tyler Wilridge, Tombstone: 4,115, 44 TDs (2015-2018)
Johnny Pena, Salpointe: 3,871, 56 TDs, (2010-2012)
Wyatt Jeffries, Empire: 3,770, 25 TDs (2015-2018)
Richie Estrada, Mountain View: 3,701, 33 TDs (2011-2013)
Rey Chavez, Bisbee: 3,682, 42 TDs (2011-2014)
Mitch Fischer, Ironwood Ridge: 3,663, 47 TDs (2010-2011)
Elijah Carey, Canyon del Oro: 3,119, 25 TDs (2014-2017)
Dante Anderson, Amphitheater, 3,063, 26 TDs (2012-2014)
Taylor Fitzgerald, Pusch Ridge: 3,029, 38 TDS (2012-2014)
Dominique Drake, Buena: 3,005, 40 TDs (2012-2013)
Mario Padilla, Salpointe: 3,000, 45 TDs (2015-2019)
Nick Brahler, Ironwood Ridge: 2,914, 36 TDs (2016-2017)
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