2024 High School Football

Victory Sports Foundation event champs: Marana in 7-on-7, Mica Mountain in Big Man competition

Marana Class of 2026 quarterback prospect Colten Meyer was a significant reason why the Tigers went 12-0 in the two days of the Victory Sports Foundation Passing Tournament (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The Third Annual Victory Sports Foundation Passing and Big Man Tournament at Kino South Fields on Wednesday and Thursday featured 35 schools from 1A to 5A, capped by Marana winning the 7-on-7 passing championship while Mica Mountain took the Big Man competition title.

What made the two-day event very special was the fact that most of the schools were from Southern Arizona. Coolidge, Florence and Eloy Santa Cruz also took part.

Marana rallied from 15-0 and 28-13 deficits to Cienega and won 42-40 in four overtimes in the 7-on-7 title game.

Mica Mountain topped Pueblo 29-28 in the team standings in the Big Man competition. Cienega and Buena were tied for third with 24 points and Ironwood Ridge was fifth with 20.

Tucson High, tied for sixth with Safford with 18 points, won the tug-of-war contest that is always the most spirited contest of the event.

Marana Class of 2026 talent Colten Meyer, a cousin of the famed Bourguet football family, looks like he will be one of the top quarterbacks in Southern Arizona with the way he led the Tigers to a 12-0 record in the passing tournament.

Meyer threw a TD pass and completed a 2-point conversion pass as regulation expired to force overtime at 28-28.

Meyer and Cienega Class of 2026 quarterback Julian Hainley got in a shootout in the overtime periods. Hainley was highly sucessful when he threw in the direction of 6-foot-2 Class of 2025 prospect Akeem Alvarez.

The Hainley-Alvarez connection allowed Cienega to beat Tucson on the last play on the semifinal game.

What made Marana’s championship more impressive was Meyer did not have the Roebuck brothers — Class of 2025 talent Dezmen or Class of 2027 budding star Sean — because they are in Tampa, Fla., with the Tucson Turf participating in a national competition.

Dezmen Roebuck is being recruited by a number of Division I programs, including Arizona. He helped Marana go 4-2 at Arizona on Monday playing in a field that included heavyweights Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, Salpointe, Arizona College Prep, Gilbert Highland and Phoenix Mountain Pointe.

Mica Mountain’s team that won the Big Man competition included Caden Van Winkle, Caden Yslas, Michael Quiroz, George Flores, Jason Criswell, Conner Strong, Deacon Pancost and Alex Stehr.

They credited former Sunnyside wrestling and football coach Richard Sanchez, now the Thunderbolts’ offensive line coach, for winning the competition because he preaches discipline.


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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