2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Pusch Ridge quarterback Bubba Mustain

Today marks only 20 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.

Bubba Mustain, 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, had a breakthrough season as quarterback last year for Pusch Ridge after playing as a receiver and defensive back his first two varsity seasons. … Mustain completed 164 of 257 pass attempts (63.8 percent) for 2,637 yards with 30 touchdowns and five interceptions last season. He also rushed for 422 yards on 98 carries with 13 touchdowns. … His production as a receiver as a sophomore was phenomenal: 64 catches for 876 yards and 11 touchdowns. … He is the younger brother of Tyler Mustain, a former standout linebacker for Pusch Ridge who is now with Arizona’s football program. Tyler was the team captain last year when the Lions went 11-2 overall and 4-1 in the 3A South. … Oldest brother CJ Mustain, an Ironwood Ridge graduate, played at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. … Bubba led the Oro Valley Dolphins to the 14U TYFSF city championship in 2019. … Incredible 4.31 GPA.

Pusch Ridge coach Kent Middleton on Bubba Mustain: “Bubba is on of the most athletic kids to ever attend Pusch Ridge. He can do it all on and off the field. He’s a tremendous competitor with an incredible mind for the game. His size at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds makes him a physical force. He has great arm strength and can extend plays. Definitely a next-level player.”

Pusch Ridge’s Bubba Mustain (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

10. PUSCH RIDGE (5-2, 0-2)

Head coach: Kent Middleton
Lions compete in the 3A South. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m. + Game at NAU
8/25Show Low+W, 24-211-00-0
9/1Benjamin FranklinW, 34-72-00-0
9/8at YumaW, 38-143-00-0
9/14Catalina FoothillsW, 28-134-00-0
9/21at San Tan FoothillsW, 42-05-00-0
9/29at Sabino*L, 40-275-10-1
10/6Morenci*L, 14-75-20-2
10/13at Coolidge------
10/27at Safford*------


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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