Through Friday, the Star will count down the top 10 football players from each major Southern Arizona high school program:
The best: Kyle Day
Achievements: Day was thrust into the starting line-up in Week 1 of his sophomore year. A year later, Day was named All-Southern Arizona honorable mention after throwing for more than 2,000 yards and leading the Mustangs to the semifinals and a 9-4 record. Finishing as Sahuarita's second leading scorer all-time in 2005, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 175-pound do-it-all star was once again tabbed for regional honorable mention. A standout quarterback and a stud defensive back, Day might be best remembered for his field goals. He was twice selected as an All-Conference kicker, in 2004 and 2005. Day walked on at the UA as a receiver in 2006. He saw action on special teams in two games in 2007 and then lettered in 2009 after playing in 10 games as part of the kick return team as a redshirt junior. That earned him a scholarship and an outside chance to get on the field at wideout as a fifth-year senior, but an ankle injury in training camp derailed his season.
From the archives: "His competitive spirit is rare. I hope every high school coach has had a Kyle Day-type of player in their program. He plays hurt, never backs down and his example has set the course for this program. He'll graduate and move on, but I think the younger kids want to be like him. His style rubs off on them." - former Sahuarita football coach Bill Baker, in the Sept. 23, 2005, Arizona Daily Star
The big number: 54. Breaking a 3A record, Day kicked a 54-yard field goal in a 2004 state semifinal loss to Coolidge (28-10). The kick is still the longest the 3A conference has seen. It was one of three 50-plus-yard kicks he made that season.
Coming up: Find out who the top 10 players from Sahuaro are Sunday.
On StarNet: Check each day to find the latest addition to the Star's galleries of top 10 players at each major So. Arizona school: azstarnet.com/highschool
Sahuarita's Top 10
1. Kyle Day, QB/DB/K, 2006
2. Richard Ochoa, OL/DL, 1978
3. Travis Depper, RB, 2005
4. Chris Cutler, LB, 1998
5. Allonte Singfield, ATH, 2009
6. Ricky Alvarez, QB, 1998
7. Kelton Smith, WR/LB, 1999
8. Sati Santa Cruz, OL/DL, 1987
9. Chris Snodgrass, RB, 2013
10. Aric Howard, ATH, 2013