High School Football Preview: The Receivers

Anthony Galvez (Twitter Grab)


30 of the top receivers from 2019 graduated last year. It’s hard to say who will step up because it depends on the offense, the QBs and the timing.


Sunnyside senior Anthony Galvez (5-10/165) averaged 30.2 yards a catch for 573 yards last year. He picked up an offer from Simpson College in May and the Blue Devils look to be one of the top throwing teams in Southern Arizona once again.

“With last season not being anything special, I know our team is capable of flipping the script and getting Sunnyside football back to where it once was. The weight room was where it all starts and everyone on the team has made huge jumps in their max out numbers. I’m confident enough to say that we have the best receiving corps in the city and could very well be one of the best in the state. We have been working out with our QB, Deion Conde, who is getting better every day! Angel Cano is one of the most athletic people I know, he makes plays every Friday night and can’t wait to see him do even better this upcoming season. Two new additions to our team are Dominic Murrieta and Ruben Peralta. They both transferred in last year but only played the last five games. Ruben switched over from QB to WR this off-season and being 6-foot-3, expect him to be a goal line threat. Dominic is the hardest working player I’ve ever played with in all my years of football, he has done nothing but put in work this offseason and tore it up during 7v7s. And lastly for myself, I can’t wait to be back on that field next year. I truly feel that I am 100% a better player than I was last year and have learned so much since then. I got robbed last year and was given 2nd Team All Region, this year I want to leave no doubt that I am a 1st Team player.”

Sunnyside head coach, Glenn Posey, held the 5A record of 158 career catches for 27 years. He graduated with 2,490 career yards and a spot with NAU.

“With Posey being one of the best receivers to come out of Sunnyside, it does help a lot. He is constantly coaching us and giving us his tips and tricks that made him better.”


Keyon Taylor, Buena Jr. (692 yards/11 games)
Ty McDermott, Walden Grove Sr. (553/11)
Marcell Kelly, Palo Verde Sr. (491/10)
Ruben Peralta, Sunnyside Sr. (426/9)
Derrick Williams, Catalina Foothills Sr. (370/9)
Thomas Smith, Ironwood Ridge Sr. (369/8)
Garrick Krautz, Catalina Foothills Sr. (320/10)
Dawson Szarek, Sabino Sr. (313/10)
Richard Hanlan IV, Nogales Sr. (308/9)
Noah Huerta, San Manuel Jr. (297/7)
Manny Amaya, Bisbee Sr. (276/11)
Jacob Thomas, Catalina Sr. (273/8)
Alex Culbertson, Walden Grove Sr. (263/9)
Sebastian Felix, Cienega Sr. (226/12)
Hudson Thompson, Ironwood Ridge Jr. (213/6)
Nycholas McDaniel, Sunnyside Jr. (211/12)
Kollins Opoku-Appoh, Mountain View Sr. (208/10)
Duncan Fouts, Marana Sr. (206/9)
Orlando Davis Jr., Santa Cruz Sr. (191/13)
Hayden Parson, Mountain View Sr. (169/11)


John Mistler pulled down 21 receptions, including five TDs, to help lead Sahuaro past Sabino 54-21 in 1975. It was the second win in a row against the Sabercats since the two squads started playing each other a year earlier. The win pushed the Cougars to 8-2 on the year and the 21 receptions still stands as the state record for receptions in a game.

He finished the year with 81 receptions which was another state record at the time for the junior. He was a Parade All-American who went on to play for ASU and the Giants drafted him in 1981.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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