2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Sunnyside RB/slot receiver Samario Garcia


Today marks only 35 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.

Samario Garcia, 5-foot-9 and 143 pounds, is listed as a running back at Sunnyside but he has proven in his first three varsity seasons to be more of a receiving threat either out of the backfield or as a slot receiver. … He amassed 585 receiving yards last year on 32 catches with six touchdowns. In his three varsity seasons, he has 799 yards receiving on 48 receptions with eight touchdowns. He has rushed for 154 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown. … He started to play more at cornerback last season and figures to get more opportunities there this season. … Garcia was part of the TYFSF 14U team in 2019 that played in the national championship game at Orlando, Fla. … He carries a 4.0 GPA.

Sunnyside coach Thomas Romack on Garcia: “We expect Samario to step up as a leader and to continue to be a superstar for us on offense. He has always taken a lead-by-example approach. We want to see him be more vocal. He’s been working on defense and is excelling at corner. He’s a kid who has worked his tail off to never be off the field and his playmaking ability makes it so he needs to be on the field at all times.”

Sunnyside’s Samario Garcia has evolved into one of Southern Arizona’s top receiving threats (Sunnyside photo)

SUNNYSIDE (1-3, 0-0)

Head coach: Thomas Romack
Blue Devils compete in the 5A Southern. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
DateOpponentW/LOvrReg
8/25at ApolloL, 28-30-10-0
9/1at Flowing WellsW, 28-101-10-0
9/8at Raymond S. KellisL, 21-71-20-0
9/15Mica Mountain*L, 35-71-30-0
9/22Nogales*------
10/6Marana*------
10/13Cienega*------
10/20at Casa Grande*------
10/27Buena*------
11/3at Desert View*------

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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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