Through Aug. 23, the Star will count down the top 10 football players from each major Southern Arizona high school program:
School: Rio Rico
The best: Lucas Meza
Achievements: A three-year starter at quarterback, Meza was a two-time All-Southern Arizona honorable mention selection. He finished sixth in passing in Southern Arizona as a senior in 2007 with 80 completions for 1,372 yards and eight touchdowns, including a career-high 339 yards and three scores in a 41-28 loss to Douglas. The 5-foot, 10-inch, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback provided depth at Pima College, seeing action in the final game as a redshirt sophomore, finishing 6 for 9, for 41 yards and a touchdown.
From the archives: "These kids have taken a lot of harassment from some people on campus. (A 52-game losing streak) hasn't been their fault, because they were all in grade school when it started. Now they've gained some respect, but they have to want more." - Former Rio Rico coach Doug Brewington in the Nov. 3, 2006, Arizona Daily Star
The big number: 52. As a junior, Meza helped snap Rio Rico's 52-game losing streak in 2006, completing 13 of 20 passes for 210 yards, including touchdowns of 40 and 44 yards to go along with 22 rushing yards and a score. For his efforts in the 41-24 win over Cholla, Meza was named Tucson Citizen's high school player of the week. The Hawks also went on to beat Santa Rita 48-31 the next week, to finish the season with back-to-back wins.
Coming up: Find out who the all-time top 10 players from Sabino are in Friday's Star.