Kevin Schmidtke (34) had a stellar senior season in 1993, with 2,515 rushing yards and 37 TDs, as the Lions finished 14-0.


Through Aug. 23, the Star will count down the top 10 football players from each major Southern Arizona high school program:

School: Mountain View

The best: Kevin Schmidtke

Achievements: Once ranked the 30th-best running back in the country by Super Prep, Schmidtke was a two-time Arizona Republic state player of the year and a two-time Arizona Daily Star Southern Arizona player of the year in 1992 and 1993. As a senior, the 5-foot-10-inch, 190-pound running back was the 4A Sonoran division's leading rusher, racking up 2,515 yards at 9.5 yards per carry, to go along with 37 touchdowns, leading the Mountain Lions to a perfect 14-0 season capped off with a 63-32 win over Sahuaro in the 1993 4A state title game. In four playoff games that year, Schmidtke carried the ball 98 times for 738 yards and 15 touchdowns, setting state championship game records for most TDs (5) and most points (38). As a junior in 1992, Schmidtke combined for 1,775 yards rushing and receiving and led the conference in scoring with 31 touchdowns, 24 of which came on the ground. He finished with 5,155 career yards rushing and held the 4A state record for nearly 10 years. Schmidtke earned a scholarship to the UA where he totaled 774 yards and a pair of TDs on 210 carries, to go along with 15 catches for 130 yards in four years with the Wildcats.

From the archives: "Teams make mistakes when they try to take Kevin away with too many people. He's a quality player and capable of beating anyone on any given night. But when they do that, it gives us opportunities." - Mountain View coach Wayne Jones in the Dec. 11, 1993, Arizona Daily Star

The big number: 524. Schmidtke, who also kicked extra points occasionally, set the 4A state scoring record with 524 points over three seasons at Mountain View. He still holds the record, but only a share of it, because Ka'Deem Carey tied it in his four years with Canyon del Oro.

Coming up: The top 10 players from Nogales will be revealed Sunday.