2023 High School Football

Walden Grove’s Smith school record holder in passing; Sabino’s Hackworth cracks 7,000 yards

Walden Grove senior quarterback Gabriel Smith (Walden Grove photo)

Walden Grove senior Gabriel Smith became the 14th Southern Arizona quarterback to surpass 5,000 career passing yards, and in the process, broke the school record in that category during the Red Wolves’ victory over visiting Pueblo on Friday night.

Sabino senior Cam Hackworth also made history in a win against visiting ALA-West Foothills on Friday by eclipsing 7,000 career passing yards.

Hackworth is now at 7,301 yards, fourth overall in Southern Arizona and only 311 away from No. 2 Trenton Bourguet’s 7,612 he amassed at Marana from 2015-18.

Andrew Cota, who played at Sunnyside and Salpointe from 2010 to 2013, is No. 3 at 7,554 yards.

The top passer in Southern Arizona history is Catalina Foothills great Rhett Rodriguez (son of former Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez), who compiled 8,694 yards from 2013 to 2016.

Smith completed 12 of 17 pass attempts for 297 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions to lead No. 11 Walden Grove to its fifth straight win, a 42-7 victory over Pueblo.

Hackworth passed for 325 yards while completing 17 of 28 passes with three touchdowns in the sixth-rated Sabercats’ win 42-21 win over No. 3 ALA-West Foothills.

1 Rhett Rodriguez, Catalina Foothills 8,694 (2013-16)
2 Trenton Bourguet, Marana: 7,612 (2015-18)
3 Andrew Cota, Sunnyside/Salpointe, 7,554 (2010-13)
4 Cameron Hackworth, Sabino: 7,301 (2020-current)
5 Reggie Robertson, Sahuaro 7,106 (1996-99)
6 Brian Chason, Tucson Christian: 6,408 (1982-85)
7 Elijah Joplin, Marana: 6,074 (2020-2022)
8 Tyler D’Amore, Ironwood Ridge: 5,915 (2008-10)
9 Adriell Alvarado, Cienega: 5,910 (2012-15)
10 Adam Rodriguez, Desert View: 5,774 (1985-89)
11 Jovoni Borbon, Buena: 5,666 (2016-19)
12 Justice Summerset, Mountain View: 5,264 (2013-15)
13 Gabriel Smith, Walden Grove: 5,075 (2021-23)
14 Alex Lopez, Walden Grove: 5,062 (2017-19)


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 in 2016 and is presently a special education teacher at Sunnyside High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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