2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — CDO running back Jose Alba

Hard to believe but today marks only 49 days until the kickoff of the 2023 Southern Arizona high school football season with games scheduled Aug. 18. AllSportsTucson.com is listing 50 of the top seniors in Southern Arizona during this stretch. This is not a ranking. This is a list in alphabetical order. We acknowledge more than 50 quality seniors will play on high school fields locally this fall and we will report on them accordingly.

Jose Alba, 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds, was thrusted into a leadership role as a junior last season and he responded by rushing for 768 yards on 113 carries with six touchdowns. In his two-year varsity career to this point, Alba has gained 1,210 on 214 rushes with 11 touchdowns. … “Jose Alba is probably the most under-the-radar player on our team,” CDO coach Dustin Peace stated. “He has led our team in overall rushing for the past two seasons. If you walk by him in the halls, you wouldn’t think he leads our rushing attack, but you cannot teach the toughness he has. His ability to see the hole and be physical between the tackles is he fits so well in what we do.” … Alba is expected to be physical linebacker with quickness and agility this season. “He has become quite the leader for this team entering his third year on the varsity,” Peace stated. “This year, he has emerged on the defensive side of the ball as well, so you won’t see him coming off the field very often on Friday nights.” … Alba was chosen by coaches as the All-4A Kino second-team running back last season.

CDO’s Jose Alba averaged 6.8 yards per carry with two games with more than 100 yards rushing last season (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2. CANYON DEL ORO (13-0)

Head coach: Dustin Peace
Dorados compete in the 4A Kino. Bold are playoff games. Championship 12/1 starts at 4 p.m. at ASU.
9/1at Bradshaw MountainW427
9/8Desert ViewW5020
9/15at AmphiW410
9/22at MaranaW4921
10/6at Catalina FoothillsW5014
10/13Mica MountainW1715
10/20at PuebloW467
11/3Walden GroveW219
11/9Poston ButteW4520
11/17AZ College PrepW (4OT)3327
11/24Mica MountainW237
12/1Yuma Catholic


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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