Today marks only 40 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.
Samuel Delgado, 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, had a breakout season last year for Catalina Foothills and coach Daniel Sainz. He had 1,149 yards rushing on 134 carries with 18 touchdowns after totaling 89 yards on the ground in his previous two seasons at the varsity level. … Delgado also was a threat as a receiver out of the backfield with 14 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. … He proved to be a dangerous kickoff returner averaging 33.1 yards a return including a 93-yard return for a touchdown. … Local coaches selected to the All-4A Gila first-team as a running back. … He rushed for more than 200 yards in Catalina Foothills’ final two games of last season — 240 yards on 21 carries with three TDs in a 31-14 win over Sahuaro and 203 yards on 28 rushes with three TDs in a 34-27 loss at Walden Grove.
Sainz on Delgado: “I really look forward to watching him continue his momentum from last year, and fine tune his leadership skills both on the field and in the classroom. He has an infectious personality so him being able to build up his teammates is going to be critical to our success this year.”
CATALINA FOOTHILLS (1-3, 0-0 4A KINO)Head coach: Daniel Sainz
Falcons compete in the 4A Kino. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
|8/25||at Combs||W, 20-16||1-0||0-0|
|9/1||Yuma Catholic||L, 37-20||1-1||0-0|
|9/8||at Buena*||L, 33-28||1-2||0-0|
|9/14||at Pusch Ridge||L, 28-13||1-3||0-0|
|10/6||Canyon del Oro*||--||--||--|
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