2023 High School Football

2023 Southern Arizona High School Football Spotlight: Catalina Trojans

2A San Pedro — Catalina Trojans

2022 record: 1-9 overall, 1-4 2A San Pedro (fifth)

Head coach: Greg McKinstry III, 2-18, third at Catalina and overall as a head coach.

Catalina coach Greg McKinstry II flanked by (left to right) lineman Ace Lewis, running back Sage Antone and lineman Korri Sanders (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Key returners:

  • RB/LB Sage Antone, 5-8, 160, Sr.
  • C/NG Korri Sanders, 6-2, 300, Jr.
  • OT/DE Ace Lewis, 6-2, 280, Sr.
  • QB/DB Eli Gurnett, 5-8, 140, Soph.
  • WR/DB Marco Macute, 5-10, 150, Sr.


Coaching staff:

  • Head coach: Greg McKinstry II
  • Assistant: Tim Bridges
  • Assistant: Jesus Lopez

Notes: Before the 2021 season, McKinstry moved to Tucson from Sioux Falls (S.D.), where he was an assistant coach at O’Gorman High School from 2016 to 2021. McKinstry moved to Tucson because of family in the Phoenix area and his wife’s family lives in Tucson. … McKinstry took over a program that has not had a winning season since 2007 under Shawn Wasson. He is the Trojans’ fifth head coach in the last 12 years. … McKinstry’s coaching background includes being the co-offensive coordinator at O’Gorman, which was 33-12 in his four seasons there. A former defensive back at Ohio University and Northern Iowa, McKinstry also served as an assistant at Northern Iowa from 2009-12. His high school coaching stops include Waterloo, Iowa, and Milwaukee. … Catalina was forced to forfeit only one game last year because of a lack of healthy players after forfeiting twice in 2021 for the same reason. … McKinstry and his players are making more of a concerted effort to recruit more students to participate in the football program. … McKinstry, with a social-worker background, tries to instill a sense of community with his players by having them take part in charity events and donation drives. … Catalina opens Friday at the NFL Yet Academy in Phoenix. The Eagles are coming off a 61-0 loss at home to Laveen Heritage Academy.

Keep an eye out for: C/NG Korri Sanders, who has the size (6-2 and 300) and the affable personality to be the face of Catalina’s growth under McKinstry as a junior. He is also a standout wrestler at the school.


Head coach: Andy Fetsis (first year at Catalina and overall)

Trojans compete in the 2A San Pedro, *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
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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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