High School Football All-Star Game History: North beat South 19-6 in 1949

(Arizona Republic Photo)

The 2021 Southern Arizona All-Star Football Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at Tucson High. Applications for SENIORS are due March 12.


The Arizona High School Coaches Association held the first of a few state all-star games in 1949 with the North coming away with a 19-6 victory over the South in a game held at Skidmore Field in Flagstaff. (Aug. 20: 3,400 attendance).


Coach: Red Greer, Tucson
Joe Venuti, Amphitheater, HB (5-10, 164)
Jerry Ballard, Bisbee, FB (6-0, 152)
Bob Hendricks, Ajo, QB (6-2, 195)
Gerald Wester, Amphitheater, G (5-10, 194)
Joe Hunter, Amphitheater, C (5-11, 184)
Sid Kain, Amphitheater, T
Don Ahee, Tucson, QB (5-9, 165)
Dave Gregg, Tucson, FB
Joe Quintanares, Bisbee HB (5-10, 162)
Dave Ewing, Tucson, C (6-1, 180)
Fred Jones, Ajo, C (6-1, 180)
Doyle Olson, Douglas, G (5-11, 175)
Claude Wheeler, Tucson, TE/K (6-0, 165)
Roger Johnson, Tucson, T
Larry Hart, Amphitheater, RB (6-0, 168)
Jim Turpin, Tucson (5-10, 160)


After playing for Amphitheater, Larry Hart went on to play for Idaho before landing a job as the JV coach at Amphitheater (1953). He became the head football and baseball coach at Ajo (1954-62) before moving over to take the lead football spot at Flowing Wells in 1963 and an assistant baseball coach under Richard Griesser.

Hart finished with 146 career wins including a 1975 state championship. In all, Hart coached the Caballeros to six championship appearances between 1964 and 1975. More remarkable, Hart left the program from 1965 to 1967 to become a high school principal so all six of his championship appearances came in eight years.

Hart passed away in 2015 at the age of 83.



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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