2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Sabino quarterback Cameron Hackworth

Today marks only 29 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.

Cameron Hackworth, 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the state who has a significant football IQ to go with his athleticism, strong and accurate arm, playmaking ability and leadership. … His teammates gravitate toward him and his coaches allow him to be another coach on the field. … Hackworth can approach eclipsing 3,000 passing yards this season with the Berryhills (Shamar and Savaughn) his primary wideouts with many other contributors who would start elsewhere. … He passed for 2,720 yards while completing 177 passes out of 259 attempts (68.3 percent) last season. He tallied 31 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 598 yards on 62 carries with eight touchdowns. His career stats are good for someone who has already completed a career, yet he has another season — 4,926 passing yards, 328 of 468 pass attempts (70.1 percent) with 57 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, 1,342 rushing yards out of 142 carries with 18 touchdowns. … Coaches selected him the 3A South Offensive Player of the Year last season. … Hackworth also played as a cornerback last season and recorded an interception and 12 tackles. … He carries a 3.5 GPA. … He led the TYFSF U14 All-Star team to the national championship game in 2019 at Orlando, Fla.

Sabino coach Ryan McBrayer on Hackworth: “Cam is one of the best football players I have ever been around. He can make every throw and when things break down, he can make it happen with his legs. What sets him apart is his football IQ. He has the ability to check in and out of plays based on defensive set ups and what he sees on the field because of how much trust he has built up and work he has put in. By the time his senior year is done, he has the chance to become one of the most prolific passers in Southern Arizona history. Oh and on top of all that, he’ll be tasked with covering some of the state’s best wideouts one on one when we are on defense. I’ll be telling future players about the play of Cameron Hackworth for a long time!”

Cameron Hackworth is a dual-threat QB who will also be called upon to be a shutdown cornerback on defense (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Head coach: Ryan McBrayer (56-20, eighth year at Sabino and overall)

Sabercats compete in the 3A South. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
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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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