2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Benson QB/FS/P Dalton Crockett

Today marks only 41 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.

Dalton Crockett, 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, is a throwback multi-sport star at Benson, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. … Crockett is also a multi-faceted football talent. In Benson’s lone season in the 3A South, before returning to 2A this season, Crockett was selected a first-team All-3A South punter by league coaches. He averaged 43.9 yards per punt. … He was also honored on the second team as a linebacker and a quarterback. … As a quarterback for the first time in his varsity experience, he completed 72 of 135 pass attempts for 1,127 yards with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 328 yards on 58 carries. … Defensively as a safety, Crockett tallied 40 tackles with one sack. He also had four interceptions, three pass deflections, a fumble recovery and a caused fumble. … As a basketball player, he averaged 7.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game last year. … On the baseball diamond this spring, he batted .494 with three home runs, nine doubles, two triples and 29 RBIs.

Benson’s Dalton Crockett is one of the top Class 2024 multi-sport standouts in the state (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

23. BENSON (3-4, 1-2)

Head coach: Dustin Cluff
Bobcats compete in the 2A San Pedro. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
8/18Bisbee*L, 43-130-10-1
8/25Sequoia PathwayW, 62-61-10-0
9/1MorenciL, 35-01-20-0
9/8Shadow MountainW, 38-342-20-0
9/15at Tombstone*L, 33-262-30-2
9/29at Palo Verde*W, 54-63-31-2
10/6at Phoenix ChristianL, 40-213-41-2
10/13at Catalina*------
10/20at Willcox*------
10/27Tanque Verde*------


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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