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.

2023 Southern Arizona Tackling Leaders

The 2023 top tacklers in Southern Arizona. Stats compiled from MaxPreps provided by coaches and schools. *Denotes Class 1A (8-man football) player.
Gavin GilbertTanque VerdeLBSr13728.02.012
Spencer AnthonyBisbeeLBJr1284.00.010
Carlos Montoya Jr.Walden GroveLBSr12526.54.511
Chase Pacheco*St. DavidLBSo12220.02.011
Victor GonzalezSunnysideLBSr1195.04.010
Jacob WeicheltTombstoneDTSr11819.011.510
Gannon Carrafa*St. DavidDBJr1141.01.011
Fabian HernandezBisbeeDESo11219.09.010
Andrew GriesemerTombstoneLBJr1064.02.011
Sebastian LopezBisbeeCBJr1055.00.010
Broden SchmidtMica MountainLBSo1045.50.013
Luke LambertEmpireLBSr1029.04.010

2023 Southern Arizona Interception Leaders

The 2023 interception leaders in Southern Arizona. Stats compiled from MaxPreps provided by coaches and schools. * - Denotes Class 1A (8-man football) player.
Chase LauxCDOFSSr69
Nathan SpiveySalpointeLBJr69
Derrick ScottCasa GrandeCBSr69
Tahj Mease*BaboquivariDBSr68
Rudy RiosAmphiSSSr610
Grant DoolingIronwood RidgeCBJr59
Aliaz DysonBuenaCBJr59
Ben MazzeiEmpireFSSr59
Brax CluffBensonFSSo510
Izaiah AlvaradoSaffordCBSr510


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