2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Sahuaro quarterback Vinny Orlando

Today marks only 16 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.

Vinny Orlando, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, has a year of experience in Sahuaro coach Al Alexander’s system after transferring before last fall to the eastside school from Delaware. … That should make him more of a threat passing the ball in addition to his rushing and receiving exploits with the Cougars last season. … He passed for 407 yards while completing 27 passes in 71 attempts with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed for 485 yards on 68 carries with nine touchdowns. When he shifted to wide receiver, he caught 20 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns. … Told the Sahuaro school newspaper – The Paper Cut – that he has ambitions of playing football for the Texas Longhorns. … Coaches selected him to the All-4A Gila First Team as an athlete. … Quality student with a 3.5 GPA. … Has a scholarship offer from Arizona Christian.

Alexander on Orlando: “Orlando has had a full off season here in Tucson and has learned the system and can play anywhere on the field. Looking forward for him having a great year.”

Sahuaro’s Vinny Orlando was a threat passing, running and receiving the ball last year (Sahuaro photo)

NO. 32 SAHUARO (2-5, 0-2)

Head coach: Al Alexander
Cougars compete in the 4A Kino. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
8/25SabinoL, 19-60-10-0
9/1Northwest ChristianL, 53-220-20-0
9/8at DouglasW, 48-291-20-0
9/15ChollaW, 29-102-20-0
9/22Ironwood RidgeL, 44-72-30-0
9/29at Catalina Foothills*L, 43-72-40-1
10/6at Walden Grove*L, 51-82-50-2
10/20at Mica Mountain*------
10/27at Canyon del Oro*------


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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