2022 Gametime Recruiting & Consulting Southern Arizona defensive stats leaders

Pusch Ridge linebacker Tyler Mustain (left) and San Manuel defensive back Ralphie Valencia were the tackling and interception leaders, respectively, in Southern Arizona in 2022. They were part of the Oro Valley Dolphins youth football program growing up.

2022 Southern Arizona Tackling Leaders

The 2022 top tacklers in Southern Arizona. Stats compiled from MaxPreps provided by coaches and schools. *Denotes Class 1A (8-man football) player.
Tyler MustainPusch RidgeLBSr16015.55.513
Dezmond BenitezTucsonLB Sr11822.00.09
Conner CurtisSt. David*LBSr11510.03.011
Ashton WardSahuaritaLBSr11316.01.010
Wyatt JuddSt. David*LBSr11312.04.011
Koy RichardsonSt. David*SSr1131.00.011
Jose PerezRio RicoLBSr1094.00.010
Brayden ScottTanque VerdeLBSr1073.00.010
Victor GonzalesSunnysideSJr1069.02.010
Carlos BravoNogalesLBSr1054.01.010
Matthew JensenMaranaLBSr1046.04.012
Michael CosentinoEmpireDESr10011.014.010
Cristian PandoWillcoxLBSr1000.00.012

2022 Southern Arizona Interception Leaders

The 2022 interception leaders in Southern Arizona. Stats compiled from MaxPreps provided by coaches and schools. * - Denotes Class 1A (8-man football) player.
Ralphie ValenciaSan Manuel*SSr811
Koy RichardsonSt. David*SSr611
Bryce JewellPusch RidgeCBSr613
Samuel BrownMaranaCBSr511
Remington ToddWillcoxLBSoph512
Dalton CrockettBensonFSJr48
Adrian BonillaBuenaSSSoph410
Tony Guisa Jr.San Manuel*SSr410
Jaelen CollinsMaranaCBJr412


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