2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Sabino receiver Savaughn Berryhill

Today marks only 48 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.

Savaughn Berryhill, 6-foot and 180 pounds, has excelled on the field since his Tucson Youth Football days culminating as part of the 14U All-Star team that played in the 2019 national championship game. That team included Cameron Hackworth, Berryhill’s quarterback at Sabino. … Berryhill, son of former Cholla standout Stanley Berryhill, also played in the national 8th Grade All-Star Game that year. … The Berryhill name has become synonymous with talented receiver play with his older brother Stanley Berryhill III earning accolades at Arizona before beginning an NFL career and Shamar Berryhill, a junior with the Sabercats, another high-profile skill player. Youngest brother Romeo is another rising talent as a freshman at Sabino. … Savaughn had 51 catches for 915 yards with 10 touchdowns last season. He has 80 receptions for 1,255 yards with 13 touchdowns so far in his three-year varsity career.

“From the time he stepped on campus, he was ready for Friday night lights because of his speed, incredibly strong hands and ability to go get a ball,” Sabino coach Ryan McBrayer stated. “The guy is always open, and even when it’s tight, he’s strong enough to make sure he comes down with the ball. This year, he will move all around the offense in different formations as he has grown very comfortable in the offense. That comfort not only showed last year with that huge breakout season but the fact that he is pulling some of our younger guys aside in drills, or even staying after practice and teaching them technique. Look for Savaughn to put up great numbers once again and end his Sabino career with one of the best stat lines in Sabino history.”

Sabino’s Savaughn Berryhill averaged 17.9 yards per catch and 83.2 a game last season (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Head coach: Ryan McBrayer (56-20, eighth year at Sabino and overall)

Sabercats compete in the 3A South. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
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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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