2023 High School Football

2023 football: 50 top Southern Arizona seniors — Nogales punter Diego Zuniga

Today marks only one day 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.

Diego Zuniga, 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, was one of the top punters in the state last year averaging 44.2 yards per punt. He totaled 1,766 yards on 40 punts. … Zuniga placed five of those punts inside the 20-yard line. … Has overall body strength, able to bench press 225 pounds and do six reps of 185 pounds. Also squats 365 pounds, deadlifts 315 and cleans 170. … Coaches selected him to the All-5A Sonoran First Team last season as a punter. Also a Class 5A second-team selection for the entire state.

Nogales senior punter Diego Zuniga averaged 44.2 yards per punt last season

45. NOGALES (0-6, 0-1)

Head coach: Joshua Jetton
Apaches compete in the 5A Sonoran. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
8/25PuebloL, 35-130-10-0
9/1at Casa GrandeL, 50-00-20-0
9/8Rio RicoL, 39-00-30-0
9/15at Desert ViewL, 49-130-40-0
9/22at SunnysideL, 43-60-50-0
10/6at Maricopa*L, 41-00-60-1
10/13at Mountain View*------
10/20Ironwood Ridge*------
10/27Flowing Wells*------
11/3at Tucson*------


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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