2010 Preseason All-Southern Arizona football team

Over the first 22 days of August, the Arizona Daily Star and KVOA (Channel 4) are showcasing 22 of the best high school football players in Southern Arizona.

This preseason All-Southern Arizona football team features daily profiles in print and a video clip shown on KVOA at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

A different player, selected by Star and KVOA staffers, will be featured each day through Aug. 22, when the Star's high school football preview is published.

Joseph Matthews: YouTube helps Rangers receiver land a scholarship

Joseph Matthews: YouTube helps Rangers receiver land a scholarship

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team concludes today with No. 22 on our list.

Cedric Gonzalez: With scholarship in mind, Blue Devils LB alters focus

Cedric Gonzalez: With scholarship in mind, Blue Devils LB alters focus

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No.21 on our list of 22 players.

Mitch Fischer: Utilizing speed to be an elusive runner and effective safety

Mitch Fischer: Utilizing speed to be an elusive runner and effective safety

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 20 on our list of 22 players.

Jesse Caldwell: Paving a path for Carey

Jesse Caldwell: Paving a path for Carey

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 19 on our list of 22 players.

Jordan Scelfo: Transfer from Louisiana steps in to quarterback Lancers

Jordan Scelfo: Transfer from Louisiana steps in to quarterback Lancers

Salpointe coach Dennis Bene believes Jordan Scelfo could emerge as one of Southern Arizona's best arms, but no one else has seen him, so it's tough to judge. What is known is that his father, Frank Scelfo, is the UA's new quarterbacks coach.

Rolly Escarcega: 2-sport star seeks to elevate Foothills

Rolly Escarcega: 2-sport star seeks to elevate Foothills

Above all, an athlete. For as good as he is at football, Rolly Escarcega is among a select few also impressive at basketball. As a bruising center and power forward last season, the 245-pounder helped the Falcons win 11 straight games after winter break and make the state semifinals.

Brandon Perkins: Receiver/DB for Jaguars hopes to be a Golden Bear

Brandon Perkins: Receiver/DB for Jaguars hopes to be a Golden Bear

The athletic Brandon Perkins enters this season with one place on his mind: Berkeley, Calif. Perkins has dreamed of attending and playing football for the California Golden Bears, and now comes his big chance to prove he's worthy.

Dylan Leahy: In Titans' backfield, Leahy takes over as the main man

Dylan Leahy: In Titans' backfield, Leahy takes over as the main man

Great on the grind, Dylan Leahy's style was more bruiser than blazer as a crucial component of the Titans' run deep into the 4A-II state playoffs in coach Todd Mayfield's last season in 2009. He is back as the featured asset in the Titans offense.

Shakir Smith: Athletic Smith is a dual threat at QB for Badgers

Shakir Smith: Athletic Smith is a dual threat at QB for Badgers

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 14 on our list of 22 players. Check out a video clip on KVOA (Channel 4) tonight at 5:30 and 10. The team was chosen by the Arizona Daily Star and the staff at KVOA and will be revealed daily through Aug. 22.

Kevin Ackerley: Fast Sahuaro QB hopes to garner Div. I attention

Kevin Ackerley: Fast Sahuaro QB hopes to garner Div. I attention

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 13 on our list of 22 players.

Matt Rossi: Passion to improve defines Sabercat's determination

Matt Rossi: Passion to improve defines Sabercat's determination

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 12 on our list of 22 players.

Jordan Mills: On team used to running, Cienega QB surprises

Jordan Mills: On team used to running, Cienega QB surprises

Jordan Mills is a perfect fit for Nemer Hassey's unpredictable offenses. He shows great field awareness and rarely makes a poor decision. He's content handing the ball off, but he's also a passer who can surprise you with his arm strength and accuracy.

Tyler D'Amore: Senior quarterback looks to guide I-Ridge to third straight playoffs

Tyler D'Amore: Senior quarterback looks to guide I-Ridge to third straight playoffs

Looking for the liveliest arm in Southern Arizona? Head out to Ironwood Ridge. A Division I-caliber quarterback prospect, Tyler D'Amore has led the Nighthawks to back-to-back playoff appearances, including a berth in the state semifinals as a sophomore in 2008. He is widely regarded as the t…

Blake Martinez: New Dorado out to make impact

Blake Martinez: New Dorado out to make impact

If you ask CDO coach Dusty Peace, Blake Martinez is the second best player in Tucson behind star running back Ka'Deem Carey. And now, the two get to share a sideline. After a playoff stint with Santa Rita in 2009, Martinez transferred to CDO in December and spent last semester settling in.

Johnny Peña: Lancer sophomore runner set to prove himself again

Johnny Peña: Lancer sophomore runner set to prove himself again

The question is not so much about who Johnny Peña is, but whether he can continue to be who he was in his debut. As a freshman last season, a rare opportunity dropped in Peña's lap: Salpointe senior running back Bobby Way went down with a season-ending ankle injury in the preseason, and thus…

Clarence Williams: Panthers LB makes big plays

Clarence Williams: Panthers LB makes big plays

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 7 on our list of 22 players.

Mito Mendivil: Ravens dynamo enjoys pressure, responsibility

Mito Mendivil: Ravens dynamo enjoys pressure, responsibility

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 6 on our list of 22 players.

Bryce Gallion: 'Sunshine' bursting out this year

Bryce Gallion: 'Sunshine' bursting out this year

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 5 on our list of 22 players. Check out a video clip on KVOA (Channel 4) tonight at 6 and 10. The team was chosen by the Arizona Daily Star and the staff at KVOA and will be revealed daily through Aug. 22.

Darrian McIver: Trojans eye championship

Darrian McIver: Trojans eye championship

The stealth Darrian McIver knows the field from all angles. He made the shift to under center last year after spending 2008 as one of the top receiving threats for his older brother, Daniel McIver, the Trojans QB two seasons back.

Willie Willis: Keeping Cienega foes guessing

Willie Willis: Keeping Cienega foes guessing

Willie Willis, the undersized but overtalented transfer from Hawaii, burst onto the scene as one of the area's most elusive running backs last year. Yet even as his rushing totals soared, Willis was overshadowed by Canyon del Oro star Ka'Deem Carey.

Jacob Arzouman: Big lineman for Salpointe eager for return to playoffs

Jacob Arzouman: Big lineman for Salpointe eager for return to playoffs

The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team continues today with No. 2 on our list of 22 players, Salpointe Catholic's Jacob Arzouman.

Ka'Deem Carey kicks off preseason list of S. Arizona's best football players

Ka'Deem Carey kicks off preseason list of S. Arizona's best football players

Over the next 22 days, the Arizona Daily Star and KVOA (Channel 4) will showcase 22 of the best high school football players in Southern Arizona.

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