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2022 Southern Arizona high school football spotlight: Flowing Wells Caballeros


5A Southern: Flowing Wells

2021 record: 4-7 overall, 1-4 5A Southern (fifth)

2022 record: 1-1

Head coach: Brian Hook, 1-1 first season at Flowing Wells and overall. Hook served on the staff of former Flowing Wells coach Mark Brunenkant — who is now the Caballeros’ defensive coordinator — for nine seasons as the offensive coordinator until Brunenkant resigned to become the school’s athletic director in 2019-20. Hook is from California with a background in football coaching. He became involved with high school coaching in Tucson through a mutual friend of Brunenkant while teaching at a middle school in the Flowing Wells District. He was a coach of the freshman team last season at Mountain View after leaving Flowing Wells following the 2020 season.

Flowing Wells won its season opener against rival Amphi in the first game of the Brian Hook Era (Daniel Gaona/Flowing Wells video capture)

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Key returners:

  • LB Pedro Preciado, 5-10, 210, Sr.
  • QB Alex Madrid, Sr.
  • FB/LB Angel Perez, 5-9, 171, Sr.
  • QB/FS Bruce Hernandez, Jr.
  • DE/TE Diego Acosta, Jr.
  • DT/FB Raymond Aragon, Sr.
  • FS/RB Josyah Leon, Jr.
  • DE/T Francisco Jimenez, 5-11, 200, Sr.
  • T/DE Darren Zimmerman, 6-3, 260, Sr.
  • RB/DB Max De La Ossa, 5-7, 155, Sr.

Coaching staff:

  • Head coach/offensive coordinator: Brian Hook
  • Defensive coordinator: Mark Brunenkant
  • Offensive line: Jorge Felix
  • Defensive line: Karson Lown
  • Linebackers: Nick Mason
  • Defensive backs/Receivers: Michael Ogas

Notes: New head coach Brian Hook filled in for Brunenkant for “The Battle of Prince Road” game with Amphi in 2016 when Brunenkant was attending the Air Force Academy’s Parents Weekend to be with his son. Hook spoke to him over the phone right after the 27-26 thrilling win over Amphi in which Carlos Valarezo rushed for 207 yards for the Caballeros. … In Brunenkant’s last season as head coach in 2018, the Caballeros led the 5A Sonoran averaging 35.9 points a game with Hook the offensive coordinator. … Flowing Wells moved to the 5A Southern this season and is grouped with Marana, Sunnyside, Cholla, Nogales and Rincon/University. … Scott Cortese led the Flowing Wells program from 2019 to last season. He is now an assistant coach at Ironwood Ridge. … During Brunenkant’s last five years as a head coach, from 2014 to 2018, the Caballeros went 55-20 with three state-playoff appearances. … The last time Flowing Wells has won a playoff game was in 1994 in John Kashner’s seventh season. … Flowing Wells’ 1975 state championship victory over Snowflake under Larry Hart was selected the No. 4 state title game involving Southern Arizona schools in an AllSportsTucson.com ranking last month.

Keep an eye out for: DE/TE Diego Acosta, Jr. is a developing football player who also wrestles. He had two sacks and a fumble recovery in the 28-7 win over Amphi in the season opener Sept. 2.

FLOWING WELLS (1-2, 0-0)

Caballeros compete in the 5A Sonoran. *Region game. +Game at Tucson High. Games at 7 p.m.
DateOpponentW/LOvrReg
9/2AmphiW, 28-71-00-0
9/9@ Paradise ValleyL, 37-01-10-0
9/23@ Agua FriaL, 22-141-20-0
9/30Desert View+
10/7Ironwood Ridge
10/14Cholla*
10/21@ Nogales*
10/28Marana*
11/4@ Rincon/University*
11/10Sunnyside*

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