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2021 Southern Arizona High School Football Preview: Baboquivari


Baboquivari is slated to return to action tonight for the first time in two seasons, a span of 693 days, because COVID-19 protocol shut down last season (Baboquivari photo)

1A South: Baboquivari

2020 record: Season was canceled due to COVID-19 protocol.

Head coach: Pete Delgado, 4-4 in third season at Baboquivari and overall. Delgado, who has also coached the Warriors’ successful baseball program the last four seasons, had success leading the football team in 2019 with a 4-4 record — the first non-losing season at the school since 2004. Delgado also serves as the assistant coach/basketball operations manager for the Sunnyside girls basketball team, which is coached by his son Justin Delgado.

Key returners:

  • RB/DB Seth Castro, Jr.
  • QB/DB Jesus Buendia, Jr.
  • ATH Ashley Jose, Sr.
  • CB/WR Bren Bahyesva, Sr.
  • OL/DL Harlan Secundino, Jr.
  • OL/DL David Lavier, Sr.
  • DB/WR Quentin Juan, Jr.
Baboquivari’s captains (L-R): David Lavier, Jesus Buendia, Quentin Juan and Seth Castro (Baboquivari photo)

Coaching staff:

  • Head coach/offensive coordinator: Pete Delgado
  • Defensive coordinator: Cody Garcia
  • Assistant: Aram Katz
  • Assistant: Zack Jose

Notes: Baboquivari, which plays eight-man football in 1A, will play its first game in 693 days tonight when the Warriors visit Fort Thomas. They were one of three Southern Arizona schools to not play a game last season due to COVID-19 protocol. Catalina and Nogales were the others. … DB Jesus Buendia, who tallied 73 tackles two years ago as a freshman, is the top returner for the Warriors. … Baboquivari coach Pete Delgado is the head coach of the baseball and football programs. He also serves as an assistant with the Sunnyside girls basketball program with his son, head coach Justin Delgado. … Pete Delgado lives in the Tanque Verde area so he must make a three-hour roundtrip drive to Sells each day during the week. … Former Baboquivari baseball standout Zack Jose, whose brother Anton was a star running back with the Warriors in 2019, is one of Delgado’s assistants with the football team. Anton is completing his courses at Tohono O’odham Community College and plans to attend Arizona next school year. … Baboquivari is slated to play only a six-game schedule (if no cancelations occur due to COVID-19) after the first two non-region games were canceled. All the Warriors’ games will be 1A South games.

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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. 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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