2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Sabino RB/LB Mason Cade

Today marks only 45 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.

Mason Cade, pure muscle at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, showed his brut strength on both sides of the ball as a junior last season. He rushed for 774 yards on 67 carries with nine touchdowns, and he had 50 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, as a linebacker. … In two years at the varsity level, Cade has 111 tackles with 14 sacks. … He gained 213 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns in a win over San Tan Foothills last season. … He was a second-team All-3A player as recognized by coaches in the state. Coaches in the 3A South selected him a first-team all-region player. …

Sabino coach Ryan McBrayer on Cade: “Mason Cade is a football player. He would be the best player on the field at multiple positions. He will continue to shine at his linebacker/edge rushing spot this year but look for him to explode as our RB1 this year after averaging 10 yards a carry last year. Mason is the guy you dream about coaching — he’s a vocal leader, wants to play all over the field, got clocked at 22 mph with catapult technologies, squats 500 pounds and rocks a 3.8 GPA. All that and the dude just continues to push to get better. Teams are going to know where No. 8 is on every play this year.”

Sabino’s Mason Cade had three games with at least 100 yards rushing last year in the Sabercats’ pass-oriented offense (Sabino photo)


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 seven years ago and is presently a special education teacher at his alma mater Sunnyside High School.

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