2021 Southern Arizona High School Football Preview: Pueblo

Pueblo has a history of having an aggressive defense (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

4A Kino: Pueblo

2020 record: 0-1 before COVID-19 cut the season short.

Head coach: Jake Allen, 0-1 second year at Pueblo and overall. Allen was an 11-year assistant under Matt Johnson at Ironwood Ridge and Mountain View before he was hired before the 2020-21 school to replace Brandon Sanders. An Ironwood Ridge High School and Arizona graduate, Allen is also a teacher. He is an exceptional education teacher specializing in math at Pueblo.

Key returners:

  • QB Diego Ramirez, 6-1, 140, Jr.
  • RB/LB Xavier Noriega, 5-11, 170, Sr.
  • WR/DB Victor Rodriguez, 6-0, 165, Sr.
  • TE/DE Jesus Zazueta, 6-2, 200, Sr.
  • WR/CB Andre Blanton, 6-0, 155, Jr.
Jake Allen is in his second season coaching at Pueblo (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Coaching staff:

  • Head coach/special teams: Jake Allen
  • Defensive coordinator: David Class
  • Offensive coordinator: Mark Mullen
  • Defensive line: Dave Allen
  • Quarterbacks/running backs: Anthony Braunreiter
  • Wide receivers: Brandon Ornelas
  • Offensive line: Tony Andreassi
  • Safeties: Mark Carpenter
  • Cornerbacks: Rushon Armstrong
  • Film: Marcos Allen
The Allens — dad Dave, Jake (middle) and Marcos (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Notes: Pueblo’s season-opener Thursday against Sahuaro was rescheduled for Oct. 29 because of COVID-19 protocol. … Three members of the Allen family are with the Warriors’ program — Jake as the head coach, brother Marcos as the film coordinator and dad Dave as the defensive line coach. … Dave Allen was on the coaching staffs of Ironwood Ridge and Mountain View under coach Matt Johnson since 2010. Jake comes from that coaching lineage. He replaced Sanders after Sanders left Pueblo after six years as head coach to initially become an assistant with the Indoor Football League’s Tucson Sugar Skulls. He is now Arizona’s Coordinator of Football Alumni and High School Relations. Sanders revived Pueblo’s program to great heights, going 41-22 with two region titles, three playoff appearances and two eight-win seasons. … Pueblo QB Diego Ramirez and the Warriors played only one last year before the season was cut short, but in that one game — a 28-27 loss at Cholla — Ramirez was impressive. He completed 16 of 32 attempts for 261 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. … After playing at Rincon/University on Sept. 10, the Warriors play four consecutive games at home. … Pueblo appears to have experience. The Warriors include 17 seniors and 15 juniors. But keep in mind, Pueblo only played one game last season so the upperclassmen lack playing experience.



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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