2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Mica Mountain center Kennedy Ellsworth

Today marks only 38 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.

Kennedy “KJ” Ellsworth, 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, is another senior who was part of the TYFSF 13U All-Star Team in 2019 that reached the national championship game in Orlando, Fla. Other linemen on that team included Salpointe’s Luis Cordova and CDO’s Sa’Kylee Woodard. … Ellsworth was recently invited to a camp at Idaho and also took a visit to Western New Mexico last month. … He will also participate in the SAC All-American Showcase at Phoenix on Nov. 18. … He carries a 3.30 GPA. He plans to major in kinesiology in college. …

Mica Mountain coach Pat Nugent on Ellsworth: “Three-year starter at center with a huge impact on the offensive line. Has continued to improve and will need his leadership to make the calls. Our line is all returners and we expect KJ to be a big part of our success.”

Kennedy Ellsworth is one of the top centers in Southern Arizona entering his third varsity season with Mica Mountain (Mica Mountain photo)


Head coach: Pat Nugent
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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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