2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Mica Mountain WR/CB Devin Hayward

Today marks only 28 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.

Devin Hayward, 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, had a breakthrough season as a junior last year, totaling 475 receiving yards on 29 catches with six touchdowns. … He was also very dangerous as a kickoff and punt returner. He averaged 26.5 yards a kickoff return and 18.3 yards a punt return. He returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. … Heyward also had 40 tackles with 4.0 for loss, and he had three interceptions with a fumble recovery and caused fumble. … He has earned scholarship offers from Minnesota State Northern Lights, Lake Forest College, Oberlin College, Saint Anselm, New Mexico Highland and Arizona Christian. … A 4.0 GPA student, he plans to study biology or engineering in college. … Younger brother of former Cienega standouts Terrell Hayward, who went on to play at NAU, and Breezy Hayward, who played softball at BYU.

Mica Mountain coach Pat Nugent on Devin Hayward: “Devin does it all for us. Physical ballhawk safety and unbelievable playmaker at receiver and Wildcat quarterback. Should have a tremendous senior year.”

Mica Mountain senior Devin Hayward, a model student, visited his former elementary school, Senita Valley, last school year (Hayward 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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