2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Sabino linebacker Jack Skaggs

Today marks only 12 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.

Jack Skaggs, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, had a breakout season last year in his second year at the varsity level. … Top returning tackler for Sabino with 73 tackles with 1.5 sacks. The 73 tackles are the ninth-most at Sabino since the 2004 season. … Also had an interception and a caused fumble last season. … Honorable mention for the 2022 Sports360AZ All-Academic Football Team for Divisions 2A-3A with a 3.68 GPA. … Posted a season-high 13 tackles against Pusch Ridge last season. Also had 11 tackles against ALA-West Foothills. … Younger brother of former Sabino prolific quarterback AJ Skaggs, who graduated from the school in 2021.

Sabino coach Ryan McBrayer on Skaggs: “Jack is a long athletic linebacker. He got his first taste of varsity football as a sophomore contributing on special teams. The ability to be a downhill run stopper clicked last year as a junior and resulted in nearly 75 tackles. His weight-room numbers and experience have only risen over the last year so look for him to take another jump forward under new defensive coordinator Mike Wells. Don’t be surprised if that tackle total is pushing triple digits.”

Sabino linebacker Jack Skaggs is an accomplished student in addition to being a fierce tackle (Sabino photo)

4. SABINO (10-3)

Head coach: Ryan McBrayer
Sabercats compete in the 3A South. Playoff games in bold. Championship against Paradise Honors at 6 p.m. at Phoenix Mountain Pointe
8/18at CoolidgeW5528
8/25at SahuaroW196
9/8at Mica MountainL749
9/15at SaffordW5021
9/29Pusch RidgeW4027
10/13ALA - West FoothillsW4221
10/20at MorenciL2831
11/3River ValleyW4631
11/9Round ValleyW2820
11/24Paradise Honors


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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