2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Salpointe RB/S Jaxson Banhie

Today marks only nine 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.

Jaxson Banhie, 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, has overcome injury problems early in his varsity career and appears ready to be a force for Salpointe after an encouraging start to his career when he was in youth football in Tucson. He was part of the 14U Tucson All-Star team in 2019 that advanced to the AYF national championship game in Orlando, Fla. … Banhie has a history of training with former CDO and Arizona standout running back Ka’Deem Carey. … Prepared for his first full season with the Lancers.

Salpointe coach Eric Rogers on Banhie: “Jaxson is the undeniable leader of this team. I can text him and he will deliver the important message to his teammates. He’s a phenomenal student with a 3.9 GPA. He is athletic and dependable as a running back, and he will also play some safety this year.”

Jaxson Banhie has evolved from one of the top youth football players entering his career at Salpointe to becoming the Lancers’ captain as a senior (Banhie photo)

SALPOINTE (4-0, 0-0)

Head coach: Eric Rogers
Lancers compete in the 6A Central. *Region game. Games are at 7 p.m.
8/25MaranaW, 35-141-00-0
9/1at Bishop Alemany (CA)W, 52-212-00-0
9/8at Shadow RidgeW, 49-243-00-0
9/15Valley VistaW, 50-64-00-0
9/29Desert Vista*------
10/6Corona del Sol*------
10/13at Liberty------
10/20Mountain Pointe*------
10/27at Saguaro------
11/3at Brophy Prep*------


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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