2023 High School Football

2023 Southern Arizona High School Football Spotlight: Benson Bobcats

2A San Pedro — Benson Bobcats

2022 record: 5-6 overall, 1-4 3A South (fifth)

2023 record: 0-1 overall, 0-1 2A San Pedro

Head coach: Dustin Cluff, 5-7, second year at Benson and overall.

Dalton Crockett at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds is one of the quarterbacks with the most size in Southern Arizona (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Key returners:

  • WR/FS Brax Cluff, 5-5, 125, Soph.
  • QB/SS Dalton Crockett, 6-4, 200, Sr.
  • RB/FS Flint Davis, 5-8, 160, Jr.
  • FB/LB Tristan Goodwin, 5-10, 170, Sr.
  • G/LB Buck Garrett, 5-9, 170, Jr.
  • RB/LB Andrew Workman, 5-8, 145, Soph.
  • G/LB Harley Van Wormer, 6-0, 180, Jr.



Coaching staff:

  • Head coach/offensive coordinator/special teams/wide receivers: Dustin Cluff
  • Quarterbacks/defensive backs/Head JV coach: Talon Palmer
  • Offensive line/defensive line: Alex Montijo
  • Defensive coordinator/running backs: Ryan Taylor

Notes: Dustin Cluff is in his second year as a head coach at Benson after serving as an assistant for 14 years at Flagstaff Sinagua, Show Low and Eager Round Valley. He was hired to replace long-time coach Chris Determan, who was not retained after coaching the Bobcat program for two decades. Determan’s offense was run-oriented while Cluff’s background includes offenses with more of a passing scheme. … QB Dalton Crockett has grown to 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, and with that size, he sets himself apart from others. The combination of Crockett and Cluff’s son Brax will be something to watch this season. Crockett connected with Brax Cluff seven times for 93 yards in Friday’s 43-13 loss to Bisbee. The completions included connections of 23, 16 and 20 yards. … After one season at the 3A South, the school lobbied to the AIA to return to the 2A level after last year’s 5-6 record. The Bobcats were 1-5 against 3A South teams with the lone win against Palo Verde. They were 4-1 against mostly 2A teams. … Interesting schedule with Benson playing its first four games at home and then five consecutive road games before ending at home against Tanque Verde.

Keep an eye out for: RB Flint Davis, a junior speedster at 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds with a good burst and agility avoiding tacklers. He rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries with a 15-yard touchdown run up the middle against Bisbee on Friday.

23. BENSON (3-4, 1-2)

Head coach: Dustin Cluff
Bobcats compete in the 2A San Pedro. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
8/18Bisbee*L, 43-130-10-1
8/25Sequoia PathwayW, 62-61-10-0
9/1MorenciL, 35-01-20-0
9/8Shadow MountainW, 38-342-20-0
9/15at Tombstone*L, 33-262-30-2
9/29at Palo Verde*W, 54-63-31-2
10/6at Phoenix ChristianL, 40-213-41-2
10/13at Catalina*------
10/20at Willcox*------
10/27Tanque Verde*------


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 Sunnyside High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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