1A South — San Manuel Miners
2022 record: 8-3 overall, 5-1 1A South (second)
2023 record: 0-1 overall
Head coach: Ernest Ivy, 23-14, fifth year at San Manuel and overall.
- QB Augie Romero, 6-0, 180, Sr.
- RB/LB Isaiah Huerta, 6-0, 185, Jr.
- WR/DB Jakob Tafoya, 5-10, 165, Sr.
- OL/DL Aiden Lozoya, 5-10, 255, Sr.
- OL/DL Thomas Morris, 5-11, 205, Sr.
- WR/DB Kevin Waddell, 6-0, 140, Soph.
- WR/DB Taylor Decker, 5-9, 145, Soph.
PODCAST WITH SAN MANUEL COACH ERNIE IVY AND THREE OF HIS SENIOR CAPTAINS
- Head coach/offensive coordinator: Ernie Ivy
- Defensive coordinator: Kevin Waddell
- Assistant: Manny Laguna
- Assistant: Pablo Rodriguez
- Assistant: AJ Monfred
- Assistant: Andrew Monfred
- Assistant: David Ward
Notes: Ernie Ivy was an All-State Class 3A honorable mention choice by the Arizona Republic as a quarterback for San Manuel following his senior season in 1993. He has coached with the Miners for more than a decade, replacing Damon Lovato for the head coaching position in 2019. … San Manuel competed with 3A-6A schools and held its own in 7-on-7 competition over the summer, including the Passing and Big Man Tournament at Kino Sports Complex in June. … Senior QB Augie Romero replaces graduated Ralphie Valencia, who is his cousin and continues to mentor him at that position in practices and games. … San Manuel started its season at 1A juggernaut Heber Mogollon last week and lost 38-0. That’s an improvement from the 59-0 loss there last season. … The Miners travel again this Friday to Cicero Prep (1-0) in Scottsdale but then they have three straight home games. Cicero is coming off a 54-0 win at North Phoenix Prep last week.
Keep an eye out for: WR/DB Taylor Decker, only a sophomore, had an interception at Mogollon. He also recorded six tackles.
7. SAN MANUEL (6-2, 5-0)Head coach: Ernest Ivy
Miners compete in the 1A South (8-man football). *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
|8/18||at Mogollon||L, 38-0||0-1||0-0|
|8/25||at Cicero Prep||L, 38-34||0-2||0-0|
|9/8||Desert Heights||W, 45-30||2-2||1-0|
|9/15||Valley Union*||W, 35-8||3-2||2-0|
|9/22||at Fort Apache*||W, 62-12||4-2||3-0|
|9/29||St. David*||W, 16-14 OT||5-2||4-0|
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