Tucson High School Sports

Local high school football standouts take part in Tiki Bowl All-Star Game

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

A team at the Tiki Bowl that included players from Southern Arizona (Josiah Flores photo)

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.”

From left to right: Sunnyside’s Dominic Murrieta, Desert View’s Diego Tyrrell and Anthony Trujillo and Sunnyside’s Anthony Galvez and Ruben Peralta (Galvez photo)

Flores’ comments:

“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.”

Former Cienega standout Josiah Flores (Flores photo)

Marana’s Mateo Campos, Walden Grove’s Alex Culberson and Cienega’s Josiah Flores (Flores photo)
Josiah Flores on the Camping World Stadium scoreboard (Flores photo)


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.

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