2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — CDO lineman Sa’Kylee Woodard

Today marks only three days until the kickoff of the 2023 Southern Arizona high school football season with games scheduled Friday. 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.

Sa’Kylee Woodard, 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, set CDO weightlifting records as a freshman that are untouched since. … One of the leaders of a senior-heavy team. … Arizona has shown interest in him and he has attended camps at various West coast schools. NAU recently offered him a scholarship. … He is a three-sport athlete that also competes in basketball and track and field. … Accomplished student with a 3.1 GPA. … Member of the 14U TYFSF All-Star Team that played in the national championship game at Orlando, Fla., in 2019.

CDO coach Dustin Peace on Woodard: “If there’s been the most growth that I’ve ever seen of a young man, this is his year right now. I am excited to see him play. I think he’s excited as well. This is his fourth year playing for us but the growth that he’s had, maturity-wise, to his tenacity in practice, he’s getting there. He’s starting to take that next step. He’s just as strong but now it’s the mental part to take that next step. It’s been very cool to see. I’m very excited for him.”

Sa’Kylee Woodard will be a four-year varsity starter on both lines for CDO (CDO photo)

2. CANYON DEL ORO (13-0)

Head coach: Dustin Peace
Dorados compete in the 4A Kino. Bold are playoff games. Championship 12/1 starts at 4 p.m. at ASU.
9/1at Bradshaw MountainW427
9/8Desert ViewW5020
9/15at AmphiW410
9/22at MaranaW4921
10/6at Catalina FoothillsW5014
10/13Mica MountainW1715
10/20at PuebloW467
11/3Walden GroveW219
11/9Poston ButteW4520
11/17AZ College PrepW (4OT)3327
11/24Mica MountainW237
12/1Yuma Catholic


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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