2023 High School Football

2023 Southern Arizona High School Football Spotlight: CDO Dorados

4A Kino — CDO Dorados

2022 record: 10-3 overall, 4-1 4A Kino (second)

Head coach: Dustin Peace, 105-50, 15th season at CDO and overall as a head coach.

CDO coach Dustin Peace’s team last year came an overtime away from reaching the 4A state championship game (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Key returners:

  • WR/FS Chase Laux, 5-9, 165, Sr.
  • RB/LB Vi-Jay King, 5-8, 190, Sr.
  • OT/DT Sa’Kylee Woodard, 6-3, 285, Sr.
  • FB/LB Kayden Luke, 5-11, 220, Sr.
  • WR/DB Chance Cassel, 6-0, 170, Sr.
  • QB Tristen McClelland, 6-3, 190, Sr.
  • C Morgan Narcaroti, 6-2, 300, Sr.
  • DE Evan Greer, Jr.
  • RB/LB Jose Alba, 5-6, 165, Sr.




Coaching staff:

  • Head coach: Dustin Peace
  • Quarterbacks/wide receivers: Matt Powell
  • Outside linebackers/offensive line: Scott McKee
  • Inside linebackers: Dylan Peace
  • Defensive line: Eric Rossi
  • Safeties: Andy Basye
  • Cornerbacks/kickers: Jody Basye
  • Offensive line/recruiting coordinator: Jordan Hitchye
  • Defensive analyst: Adam Rossi

Notes: Peace is a former Flowing Wells and NAU standout who led the Dorados to the 2009 state championship with a team that had Ka’Deem CareyJared Tevis and Josh Robbins. The Dorados went 14-0 that year and then 13-1 the following year, losing only to Scottsdale Saguaro in the state championship game. … CDO experienced a turbulent season last year, losing eight players, seven of them seniors, midway through the season for an off-the-field issue, yet Dustin Peace and his staff coached the Dorados to the 4A state semifinal game in which they lost in overtime at Snowflake … Former Pueblo and Sahuaro head coach Scott McKee, who played at Arizona under Dick Tomey as a walk-on, is in his first full year as an assistant at CDO. He joined the program midway through last year as a consultant. McKee will concentrate on outside linebackers and the offensive line. … Peace has mentioned that this is his most experienced team with 25 seniors in his 15th year leading the program — even more experienced than his 2009 state championship team. Only two years ago, Peace had one of the youngest teams in the region with only eight seniors. … Many of the Dorado seniors have leadership qualities including linemen Morgan Narcaroti and Sa’Kylee Woodard, running back/linebacker Kayden Luke, wide receiver/safety Chase Laux and running back/linebacker Vi-Jay King. … Senior QB Tristen McClelland was thrusted into the starting role last season and responded with 1,502 passing yards on 77 completions in 124 attempts with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. … Luke was a 4A state championship wrestler last year at 215 pounds, finishing with a 51-0 record. … CDO faces reigning 3A state champ Eastmark in its season opener Friday at home. Eastmark was elevated to 4A following last season.

Keep an eye out for: RB Jose Alba, who gets the most out of his 5-6 and 165-pound frame. He rushed for 768 yards on 113 carries last season. With his burst through the line and smaller size, his style matched the bruising, bulldozing ways of Luke, make the preparation for defenses difficult.

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 five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Sunnyside High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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