2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — CDO linebacker ViJay King

Today marks only 25 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.

ViJay King, 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, is one of coach Dustin Peace’s defensive captains starting in his third varsity season. … He has proven to be valuable on both sides of the ball. At his primary position on defense, King tallied 44 tackles last year, 5.5 for loss, including 2.5 sacks. He also had three pass deflections and caused a fumble. … As a running back, he is mostly a threat catching passes out of the backfield. He caught 12 passes for 147 yards. He also has the ability to run between the tackles for short-yardage situations. His best game defensively was against Marana’s potent offense in a 40-37 loss last September. He had eight tackles, including a sack. … King recently went on a tour of football camps at Ivy League schools Brown, Harvard, Yale and Princeton. … He has a 4.07 GPA. … Coaches selected him to the All-4A Kino First Team as a linebacker last season.

CDO’s ViJay King is one the Dorados’ 20-plus seniors on this year’s roster (CDO photo)

2. CANYON DEL ORO (13-0)

Head coach: Dustin Peace
Dorados compete in the 4A Kino. Bold are playoff games. Championship 12/1 starts at 4 p.m. at ASU.
9/1at Bradshaw MountainW427
9/8Desert ViewW5020
9/15at AmphiW410
9/22at MaranaW4921
10/6at Catalina FoothillsW5014
10/13Mica MountainW1715
10/20at PuebloW467
11/3Walden GroveW219
11/9Poston ButteW4520
11/17AZ College PrepW (4OT)3327
11/24Mica MountainW237
12/1Yuma Catholic


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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