LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS CLICK ON THIS FOR THE LINK TO APPLY FOR A ROSTER SPOT OF THE SOUTHERN ARIZONA FOOTBALL ALL-STAR SHOWCASE THE WEEK OF MAY 2-8.
When the high school football season was cut short for local public schools in December, talk started to surface about the seniors getting one last chance to play before the school year ended.
Those seniors will get that chance.
The Arizona Bowl in conjunction with organizers Paul Cunningham, a Tucson city councilman, and former coach Jeff Scurran have put the wheels in motion for the Southern Arizona High School Football All-Star Showcase game.
The game, featuring 100 seniors from Southern Arizona high schools, is scheduled to be held at Tucson High School on May 8 after a week of practices that will include one day of former Arizona players talking to the group about the differences of playing in high school and college.
The coaches will be legendary Dennis Bene, who won a state title at Salpointe, and Nemer Hassey, who built Cienega into a winning program.
The local all-stars will be determined after they submit an application that is available at the Southern Arizona All-Star Football Showcase Web site.
They will represent high schools from Santa Cruz to Douglas of any classification. Class 1A players, who play eight-man football, can possibly participate. Players from private high schools such as Salpointe and Pusch Ridge can also participate.
The first thought was to have 30 to 35 players to a team but in order for more seniors to have one last chance, the number was increased to 50.
The Arizona Bowl became involved to provide consultation for producing a community event.
The organizers are also working with the Pima County Health Department, TUSD, the office of Tucson mayor Regina Romero and Gov. Doug Ducey’s office to make sure the event is run safely within COVID-19 protocols.
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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.