2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Walden Grove wide receiver Paul Guy

Today marks only 30 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.

Paul Guy, 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds, eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving last year with 1,004 on 59 receptions as prolific-passing quarterback Gabriel Smith’s primary target. Smith also returns for his senior season so expect the Smith-to-Guy connection to continue to flourish. … Guy, who averaged 17 yards per reception, hauled in 17 touchdown passes, including a long of 85 yards. … He is also a special-teams machine as kickoff specialist, punter and kickoff returner. Three of his kickoffs went for touchbacks, he averaged 38.1 yards per punt and he ran back kickoffs at 24.2 yards a clip. … Coaches selected him to the All-4A Gila First Team last season. … He had three games with at least 148 yards receiving a year ago, including a 164-yard performance on six catches in a win over Phoenix Greenway. … He suffered a torn ACL in the Red Wolves’ season finale last year while catching a touchdown pass against Catalina Foothills. He is expected to be ready to play from the start this season.

Walden Grove coach Corey Noble on Guy: “We are excited to see Paul come back for a strong senior season after his 1,000-yard season last year. He has dominated his recovery from his knee injury and is on track to make a full return. Paul is a gamechanger in multiple phases of the game and he’s gonna make a huge impact for at wide receiver and special teams.”

Walden Grove’s Paul Guy is expected to be at 100 percent after suffering a torn ACL injury at the end of last season (Walden Grove photo)

11. WALDEN GROVE (6-4)

Head coach: Corey Noble
Red Wolves compete in the 4A Kino. Bold are playoff games. Playoff games start at 7 p.m.
8/25at Northwest ChristianL2638
9/22Desert ViewW336
9/29at Mountain ViewW3521
10/20at Catalina Foothills*W4934
10/27at Mica Mountain*L721
11/3at Canyon del Oro*L921
11/9at Northwest Christian


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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