2021 Southern Arizona High School Football: Top sophomores returning


DE Elijah Rushing, Salpointe, 6-5, 214

Rushing had 13 tackles (two for loss) in four games as a freshman in 2020. He also had a fumble recovery. … Has already received scholarship offers from Arizona and ASU. … Compiling a 4.0 GPA.

Elijah Rushing (Salpointe photo)

OT Luis Cordova, Salpointe, 6-4, 270

Cordova, who was part of the Lancers’ freshman team last season, also has a scholarship offer from Arizona and has garnered recruiting attention from Notre Dame, reportedly his dream school. … Another stellar member of the Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation 14U All-Star Team that played near Orlando in December 2019.

Luis Cordova (TYFSF photo)


DT Sa’Kylee Woodard, Canyon del Oro, 6-3, 300

Member of the TYFSF 14U All-Star Team. … Woodard has an offer from Arizona, of which he has visited unofficially. He also visited USC on an unofficial trip last week.

Sa’Kylee Woodard during his unofficial visit to Arizona during the summer (Woodard photo)


QB Cameron Hackworth, Sabino, 5-9, 160
WR Savaughn Berryhill, Sabino, 6-0, 180

Hackworth and Berryhill were also part of the TYFSF 14U All-Star team. Hackworth is an athletic dual-threat quarterback known for his leadership ability and playmaking skills. Berryhill is the younger brother of Arizona receiver Stanley Berryhill III who has good size, hands and athleticism.

Cameron Hackworth (TYFSF photo)
Savaughn Berryhill (TYFSF photo)


RB Oren Allsup, Willcox, 5-9, 160

Averaged 10.2 yards per carry (182 yards on 18 carries) last season. Also rushed for two touchdowns.

Oren Allsup

LB Dalton Crockett, Benson, 6-2, 175

Tallied 26 tackles with a sack as a freshman for Benson, which advanced to the 2A state championship game against Eloy Santa Cruz despite not having a senior on the roster.

Dalton Crockett (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


QB/DE Nicolas Velasquez, San Manuel, 5-9, 165

Velasquez completed 43 of 87 pass attempts for 637 yards in five games last season. He had five touchdown passes and four interceptions. He also punted twice and averaged 56.0 yards.

Nicolas Velasquez (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2021 Southern Arizona High School Football Openers

The 2021 Southern Arizona high school football schedule is set to begin with Class 1A matchups on Aug. 20. Here is a list of every local high school with their opener (*-denotes Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic games):
AmphiSept. 2*Flowing Wells
BaboquivariSept. 3at Ray
BisbeeAug. 27Catalina
BensonAug. 27Pusch Ridge
BuenaSept. 3at Barry Goldwater
CatalinaAug. 27at Bisbee
Catalina FoothillsSept. 3Sabino
CDOSept. 3at Salpointe
ChollaSept. 3at Rincon/University
CienegaSept. 3at Sunrise Mountain
Desert ViewSept. 3at Sunnyside
DouglasSept. 10Bisbee
EmpireSept. 3at Sahuarita
Flowing WellsSept. 2*at Amphi
Ironwood RidgeSept. 3Ironwood
MaranaSept. 3Mountain View
Mountain ViewSept. 3at Marana
NogalesSept. 10at Rio Rico
Palo VerdeSept. 3Walden Grove
PuebloSept. 2*at Sahuaro
Pusch RidgeAug. 27at Benson
Rincon/UniversitySept. 3Cholla
Rio RicoSept. 10Nogales
SabinoAug. 27at AZ College Prep
SahuaritaAug. 27at Thatcher
SahuaroSept. 2*Pueblo
San ManuelAug. 27Ray
St. DavidSept. 3Bagdad (site TBD)
SalpointeSept. 3CDO
Santa Cruz ValleyAug. 27at San Tan Charter
Santa RitaAug. 27Tombstone
SunnysideSept. 3Desert View
Tanque VerdeAug. 27Heritage Academy Laveen
TombstoneAug. 27at Santa Rita
TucsonSept. 3Maricopa
Valley UnionAug. 20Ray
Walden GroveSept. 3at Palo Verde
WillcoxAug. 27Globe


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. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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