2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Sunnyside linebacker Victor Gonzalez

Today marks only 32 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. We acknowledge more than 50 quality seniors will play on high school fields locally this fall and we will report on them accordingly.

Victor Gonzalez, 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds, is listed at linebacker because he is physical like one. He covers a lot of ground like a safety. … He compiled 106 tackles, including nine for loss, last season. He had two sacks and a fumble recovery. He also caused four fumbles. … Gonzalez had seven games in which he recorded double-digit tackles, including 14 against Cactus Shadows and Ironwood Ridge. … Coaches selected Gonzalez the 5A Sonoran Defensive Player of the Year. … Also an accomplished wrestler at Sunnyside.

Sunnyside coach Thomas Romack on Gonzalez: “Victor is our vocal leader and enforcer of our defense and football team. He plays with a lot of passion and energy. We expect Vic to play at the All-State level he played at last year and help lead us into the playoffs and make a run. He is someone who makes the people around him work harder and motivates his teammates.”

Sunnyside’s Victor Gonzalez had a breakthrough season last year tallying more than 100 tackles (Stephanie van Latum/Special to AllSportsTucson.com)

21. SUNNYSIDE (3-3, 1-0)

Head coach: Thomas Romack
Blue Devils compete in the 5A Southern. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
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*W, 43-62-30-0
10/6Marana*W, 17-63-31-0
10/20at Casa Grande*------
11/3at Desert View*------


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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