Eight local high school football players concluded their senior seasons Thursday night representing their programs in a grand way.
They played in the Tiki Bowl All-Star high school football game at the Camping World Stadium at Orlando, Fla. The game was originally scheduled for Honolulu but was changed to Orlando because of COVID-19.
The seniors from Southern Arizona:
WR/DB Alex Culbertson, Walden Grove
WR Anthony Galvez, Sunnyside
WR/DB Dominic Murrieta, Sunnyside
WR/DB Ruben Peralta, Sunnyside
LB Anthony Trujillo, Desert View
DB/WR Diego Tyrrell, Desert View
LB Mateo Campos, Marana
LB Josiah Flores, Cienega
Galvez’s comments on his experience:
“Florida has been a blast, the experience of a lifetime and I get to be down here with my closest friends. Anthony Trujillo, Dominic Murrieta, Ruben Peralta and Diego Tyrrell and I all got invited to come play and we’re originally supposed to be in Hawaii, but due to covid the game got moved to Orlando. I’m thankful for the coaches that came out and helped me get better each day at practice and the other players for making me work harder. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the W, but I definitely made some good memories up here. I wish it could’ve went the other way and we go out with the W but I loved being able to suit up with my brothers one last time and finally suit up with my brothers from Desert View.”
“It was an overall great experience not everyone has the opportunity to play like me and most of the kids here. It’s definitely a blessing to play in the beginning of the new year, and for most of us, it was another opportunity to get our name out there and represent our hometown and school. It was cool to get to know new players from different schools, in and out of state. The bond between payers definitely grows fast when you and the guy next to you both have the same goal to complete at the next level and give it your all on the field.”
— Ruben Peralta (@ruben_peralta3) January 8, 2021
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— Anthony Galvez (@A_Galvez2021) January 8, 2021
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