2023 High School Football

2023 Southern Arizona High School Football Preview: Baboquivari Warriors

1A South: Baboquivari Warriors

2022 record: 3-5 overall, 3-3 1A South (fourth)

Head coach: Pueblo High School graduate (Class of 1997) Cody Garcia first season as a head coach at Baboquivari. Replaces Pete Delgado, who is now the offensive line coach at Tanque Verde. Garcia has been part of Delgado’s staff the last four years, including when the football team in 2019 went 4-4 — the first non-losing season at the school since 2004.

Pueblo graduate Cody Garcia is now running Baboquivari’s program after serving as an assistant the last four seasons (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Key returners:

  • WR/DB Taj Mease, Jr.
  • QB Xavier Mease, Sr.
  • OL/DL Bryson Garcia, Sr.
  • DE Elliot Antone, Jr.
  • RB/LB Jesse Buendia, Jr.
  • RB/DB Jarell Buendia, Jr.
  • WR/DB Noah Segundo, Soph.
  • RB/DB LaAunzae Antone, Sr.






  • Head coach: Cody Garcia
  • Offensive coordinator: Joe Mease Jr.
  • Defensive coordinator: Jaylan Juan

Notes: New head coach Cody Garcia played for legendary Pueblo coach Saturnino “Curly” Santa Cruz and he attributes Santa Cruz’s coaching style as a teacher of the game and for strong character for him wanting to get into the profession. … Garcia has implemented more of a regimented weight-training and fitness routine for his players, including in the summer with early sessions, a departure from the past. … QB Xavier Mease passed for 333 yards and rushed for 384 yards last season. Expect both of those numbers to approach 1,000 this season. Baboquivari’s top two rushers from last season — Seth Castro and Jesus Buendia — have graduated. Mease will have to develop top receiving targets with Castro and Buendia gone as well. One will be his brother Taj, who should have a breakout season for the Warriors. … Baboquivari’s size on the line is impressive including Garcia’s son Bryson, a senior captain. The linemen appear to be physically in good shape thanks to Cody Garcia’s scheduled workouts throughout the summer. DE Elliot Antone, a junior, is also poised for a productive year. … Baboquivari’s early schedule is demanding with three of the first four games on the road with the home game in that stretch against traditional 1A power St. David.

The production of Baboquivari QB Xavier Mease will be counted on by his coaches and teammates this season with top performers gone from last season (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Keep an eye out for: Mease at quarterback. Has good size and athleticism at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. Very athletic. Plays baseball and basketball and is also a quality distance runner. His grandfather is longtime Baboquivari girls basketball coach Joseph Mease Sr. His father Joseph Jr., an assistant coach, was a standout at Baboquivari in the early 2000s.


Head coach: Cody Garcia (5-4, second year at Baboquivari and overall)

Warriors compete in the 1A South (8-man football). *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.

8/23Fort Thomas*------
8/30at St. David*------
9/6Valley Union*------
9/20at Ray*------
10/4at Hayden------
10/18at San Manuel*------


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 five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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