2013 High School Football All-Stars

December 23, 2013 12:00 am

The 2013 high school football season belonged to Salpointe Catholic's undefeated state title team, and it saw Cameron Denson win player of the year and Dennis Bene win coach of the year. But even with the dominance shown week in and week out by the Lancers, don't forget about all of Southern Arizona's prep stars. In this slideshow, meet each of the first teamers and catch the second and third teams and honorable mention at the end.

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  • The four-year starter completed 67 percent of passes for 2,748 yards and 35 touchdowns with just two interceptions this year. He also ran for 15 scores and averaged 6.3 yards a carry.

  • Estrada powered the Mountain Lions to the state playoffs for the second straight year and was the area’s top rusher with 1,739 yards and 13 touchdowns on 227 carries.

  • A four-year starter, Cruz was hard for opponents to bring down. He rushed for 1,346 yards and 23 scores on just 134 carries to help the Falcons reach the state playoffs.

  • Sterns caught at least one touchdown in all but one game and had seven games with more than 100 yards receiving on his way to finishing with 1,168 yards and 16 scores on 61 catches.

  • Possibly the speediest receiver in the area, Deboskie gave Salpointe’s air game a huge boost, hauling in 55 catches for 954 yards and 15 scores.

  • Metz was a do-it-all player on offense for the Dorados, setting school records with 35.4 yards a catch, 12 touchdown receptions and a 99-yard scoring play.

  • Bushman, a BYU commit, put up some huge numbers, hauling in 63 balls for 1,583 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was easily the best tight end in the state.

  • Mike, a 6-foot-5-inch 285-pound left tackle with 15 scholarship offers, was one of the best in the state and helped the Sabercats reach the state quarterfinals.

  • The 6-5, 300-pound Auzenne anchored one of the best offensive lines in the state, which cleared the way for more than 5,700 yards of total offense.

  • The 6-3, 265-pound heavyweight wrestling state champion provided plenty of protection for Sahuaro quarterback Laramie Brown, who threw for 2,031 yards and 25 touchdowns.

  • Weaver, a 6-2, 245-pound team captain, could dominate on either side of the line and helped the Lancers go 14-0 and win their first state title.

  • The 6-1, 275-pound Rascon helped pave the way for Richie Estrada to be one of the top rushers in the state.

  • Dynamic to say the least, Denson caught 73 passes for 1,453 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed 38 times for 394 yards and six scores. The UA verbal commit also threw three touchdown passes.

  • Anderson was one of the most dangerous kick and punt returners in the area, averaging more than 25 yards an attempt. He racked up 1,250 all-purpose yards and scored 11 touchdowns.

  • Hubble was a perfect 46 for 46 on extra point attempts and was 7 for 9 in field goal attempts, with his longest coming from 42 yards out.

  • Davidson, at 6-3 and 265 pounds, amassed 10 tackles for loss and eight sacks for the Lancers defense which was virtually impenetrable.

  • A two-way threat, the 6-4, 255-pound Jackson made the biggest impact on the defensive line with six tackles for loss and three sacks.

  • A transfer from South Korea, the 6-3, 280-pound Malauulu made an immediate impact on defense, finishing with a team-high nine tackles for loss and two sacks.

  • The 6-2, 220-pound three-year starter led the Bobcats with 9.7 tackles a game and had eight sacks to finish with a school-record 18 in his career.

  • Casteel, the son of UA defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, led the Lancers’ dominating defense with 11.9 tackles a game and had 25 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and 12 sacks.

  • Right behind Casteel, Powell averaged 11.5 tackles a game and had 21 tackles for loss, caused five fumbles and had five sacks. He also pulled in two interceptions.

  • Despite an injury-shortened season, Gouby still proved to be one of the top linebackers in the area with 9.8 tackles a game.

  • Goddard led the Nighthawks with 7.1 tackles a game, nine tackles for loss and 5.4 sacks. He also forced two fumbles and intercepted a pass.

  • Just as he was on offense, Denson was dangerous on defense, too. The lock-down cornerback hauled in seven interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns.

  • In addition to being Salpointe’s top rusher, Williams was an important piece on its defense with 4.6 tackles a game, three sacks, 11 tackles for loss and one interception.

  • In addition to rushing for 1,390 yards and 18 touchdowns, Joseph hauled in two interceptions and blocked two field goals.

  • Johnson had close to 400 yards of offense, averaged 7.1 tackles a game and intercepted a pass as a corner.

  • The 6-3-inch athletic Flannigan broke up five passes as corner and will be one of the top players to watch in Southern Arizona next season.

  • Just an all-around football player, Hall averaged 4.6 tackles a game and led the Cougars in rushing with 792 yards and 12 touchdowns.

  • One of the best punters in the state, Aragon averaged 44.0 yards on 26 punts, with his longest going 57 yards.

  • Second team

    Offense

    • QB: Rafael Adames, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • RB: Jarratt White, Sr., Desert View
    • RB: Sean Fitzsimmons, Sr., Empire
    • WR: Ben Sims, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • WR: DeQuaven Brooks, Sr., Santa Rita
    • WR/RB: Taylor Fitzgerald, Jr., Pusch Ridge Christian
    • TE: Jason Luna, Sr., Nogales
    • OL: Thomas Gray, Sr., Tucson
    • OL: Joseph Jenkins, Sr., Sahuarita
    • OL: Gabe Sandoval, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • OL: Cameron Dwan, Sr., Pusch Ridge Christian
    • OL: C.J. McAviney, Sr., Empire
    • ATH: Donovan Moore, Sr., Tucson
    • RET: Alex Turner, Sr., Sabino
    • K: Robin Thomas, Sr., Tucson

    Defense

    • DL: Justin Holt, So., Salpointe Catholic
    • DL: Aubrey Littleton, Sr., Sahuaro
    • DL: Talib Bridges, Sr., Tucson
    • DL: Marcus Edwards, Jr., Sabino
    • LB: Kevin Hamlett, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • LB: Walker Padilla, Jr., Canyon del Oro
    • LB: Austin Baldwin, Sr., Catalina Foothills
    • LB: Jesus Barrera, Sr., Amphitheater
    • DB: Tommy Ciaccio, Sr., Catalina Foothills
    • DB: Santiago Nieto, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • DB: Omar Lloyd, Jr., Sahuaro
    • DB: Marquise Moore, Sr., Catalina
    • DB: Anthony Peralta, Jr., Sunnyside
    • All-purpose: Izzy Calvillo, Jr., Walden Grove
    • P: Cody Rochon, Sr., Mountain View

    Third team

    Offense

    • QB: Jordan Closs-Lopez, Sr., Canyon del Oro
    • RB: Dominique Drake, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • RB: Dionte Flores, So., Flowing Wells
    • WR: Milo Fragoso, Sr., Sahuarita
    • WR: Deonte Williams, Jr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • WR/RB: Aaron Fanning, Sr., Rio Rico
    • TE: Matt Solverson, Jr., Ironwood Ridge
    • OL: Jason Linden, Jr., Bisbee
    • OL: David Martinez, Jr., Salpointe Catholic
    • OL: Ryan Baker-Miller, Sr., Sabino
    • OL: Wesley De Giuiseppe, Sr., Nogales
    • OL: D.J. Schroder, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • ATH: Ben Honea, Sr., Marana
    • RET: Christian Poe, Sr., Cienega
    • K: Nathan Farmer, Jr., Ironwood Ridge

    Defense

    • DL: Mike Vasquez, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • DL: Travis Howard, Jr., Marana
    • DL: Mark Ramirez, Sr., Rio Rico
    • DL: Austin Burleson, Jr., Walden Grove
    • LB: Austin Soszynski, Sr., Marana
    • LB: Dayton Lundgren, Sr., Sabino
    • LB: Nic Cisney, Sr., Sahuaro
    • LB: Chance Hatfield, Sr., Empire
    • DB: Reece LaFaye, Sr., Marana
    • DB: Kayden Bedolla, Sr., Sahuarita
    • DB: Benito Pimienta, Sr., Tanque Verde
    • DB: Chris Smith, Sr., Mountain View
    • DB: Jared McKemy, So., Ironwood Ridge
    • All-purpose: Coy Colgate, So., Nogales
    • P: Geovan Neuser, Jr., Sahuarita

    Honorable Mention

    • Amphitheater: Ray Holbrook, Abraham Pantoja, Dante Anderson, Tony Villa. Benson: Nick Hernandez, Travis Barney, Dallas Dastrup, Clayton Gill. Bisbee: Rey Chavez, Spencer Schuller. Canyon del Oro: Tommy Sawyer, Max Smith, Jared McElmell, Paul Udorvich. Catalina: Jeremiah Wilcoxen, DeMarco Grayson. Catalina Foothills: Elliott Buchanan, Gabe Gerhauser, Luis Escarcega, Kash McDonald, Brandon Kingsley, Conner Kobylinski, Rhett Rodriguez. Cholla: Justin Pledger, Jerome Doss, Carlos Velazquez, David Yslava, Martin Osuna, Steven Nuñez. Cienega: Derek Sommers, Adriell Alvarado, Christian Nash, David Sanchez. Desert View: Thomas Haskins, Dante Austin. Douglas: Blaze Rose, Luis Alvarado. Empire: Seth Powell, Lorenzo Sanchez, Isaiah Martin, Michael Dobiecki, Sean Klasen, Nick Lakosky. Flowing Wells: Satchel Burton, Nick Mason. Ironwood Ridge: Kai Ellingboe, Tyler Berson , Michael Volk, Nephi Otuafi. Marana: Bradley Gonzales, Colby Cecil, Christian Lopez. Mountain View: Sam Ross, Matt Thomas, Justice Summerset, J.P. Ramirez, Enrique Sparkman, Brandon Stoutmeyer, Caleb Barham. Nogales: Max Verdugo. Palo Verde: Joe Lewis, Rozario Martinez. Pueblo: Jorge Romero, Sean Berube, Jeren Gunnels. Pusch Ridge Christian: Mitch Reilly, Tyler Overstreet, Aaron Borane. Rincon/University: Brad Davis, Andrew Cable. Rio Rico: John Brewington, Sean Fanning, Dan Gastellum. Sabino: Emilio Araiza. Sahuarita: Olen Brown, Sal Rodriguez, Zach Radovich, Rocko Vega, Carlos Lopez. Sahuaro: Laramie Brown, Chris Arlig, Adrian Ramos, Jerry Ruiz, Demitri Fontinos, Arturo Bernal. Salpointe Catholic: David Peraza, Robby Wilson, Jake Ksiazek, Jaylyn Juan, Chase Sankey, Alex Flores, Zach Dorame, Andrew Palomares, Jake Berwick. San Manuel: Shane Kelly, Anthony Garcia, Richard Romo. Santa Rita: Peyton Kendrick, Mikey Patrick, Akia Bridges, Matt McAdams. Sierra Vista Buena: Joey Ash, Adarius Blake, Jacob Valdez, Corey Dannels, Gilbert Pinckney. Sunnyside: Gerrardo Fierros, Ruben Figueroa, Daniel Bonn, Steven Saenz. Tanque Verde: Sam Pernu, Jack Christman, Jesse Bartels. Tombstone: Dontae Otey, William Braswell, Tyler Francisco. Tucson: Bryce Coleman, Austin Perkins, Markquise Simmons, William Gambrell, Andres Castro, Joseph Martin. Walden Grove: Austin Elenez, Suh Breiler.
  • Meet Southern Arizona's top high school football players of 2013.

    First Team

    Offense

    • QB: Andrew Cota, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • RB: Richie Estrada, Sr., Mountain View
    • RB: Ty Cruz, Sr. Catalina Foothills
    • WR: Cole Sterns, Sr., Sahuaro
    • WR: Kaelin Deboskie, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • WR/RB: J.J. Metz, Sr., Canyon del Oro
    • TE: Matt Bushman, Sr. Sabino
    • OL: Andrew Mike, Sr., Sabino
    • OL: Breeon Auzenne, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • OL: Kyle Jividen, Sr., Sahuaro
    • OL: Austin Weaver, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • Athlete: Cameron Denson, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • KR/PR: Elijah Anderson, Sr., Tucson
    • K: Grant Hubble, Jr., Catalina Foothill
    • Defense

    • DL: Brandt Davidson, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • DL: John Jackson, Sr., Canyon del Oro
    • DL: Sidney Malauulu, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • DL: Jacob Reed, Sr., Cienega
    • LB: Jake Casteel, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • LB: Taylor Powell, Jr., Salpointe Catholic
    • LB: Corbin Gouby, Sr., Mountain View
    • LB: Austin Goddard, Jr., Ironwood Ridge
    • DB: Cameron Denson, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • DB: Jay Williams, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • DB: Zach Joseph, Sr., Sabino
    • DB: Terrence Johnson, Jr., Cienega
    • DB: Demetrius Flannigan, Jr., Tucson
    • All-purpose: Derik Hall, Jr., Sahuaro
    • P: Matthew Aragon, Jr., Cienega

    Second team

    Offense

    • QB: Rafael Adames, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • RB: Jarratt White, Sr., Desert View
    • RB: Sean Fitzsimmons, Sr., Empire
    • WR: Ben Sims, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • WR: DeQuaven Brooks, Sr., Santa Rita
    • WR/RB: Taylor Fitzgerald, Jr., Pusch Ridge Christian
    • TE: Jason Luna, Sr., Nogales
    • OL: Thomas Gray, Sr., Tucson
    • OL: Joseph Jenkins, Sr., Sahuarita
    • OL: Gabe Sandoval, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • OL: Cameron Dwan, Sr., Pusch Ridge Christian
    • OL: C.J. McAviney, Sr., Empire
    • ATH: Donovan Moore, Sr., Tucson
    • RET: Alex Turner, Sr., Sabino
    • K: Robin Thomas, Sr., Tucson

    Defense

    • DL: Justin Holt, So., Salpointe Catholic
    • DL: Aubrey Littleton, Sr., Sahuaro
    • DL: Talib Bridges, Sr., Tucson
    • DL: Marcus Edwards, Jr., Sabino
    • LB: Kevin Hamlett, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • LB: Walker Padilla, Jr., Canyon del Oro
    • LB: Austin Baldwin, Sr., Catalina Foothills
    • LB: Jesus Barrera, Sr., Amphitheater
    • DB: Tommy Ciaccio, Sr., Catalina Foothills
    • DB: Santiago Nieto, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • DB: Omar Lloyd, Jr., Sahuaro
    • DB: Marquise Moore, Sr., Catalina
    • DB: Anthony Peralta, Jr., Sunnyside
    • All-purpose: Izzy Calvillo, Jr., Walden Grove
    • P: Cody Rochon, Sr., Mountain View

    Third team

    Offense

    • QB: Jordan Closs-Lopez, Sr., Canyon del Oro
    • RB: Dominique Drake, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • RB: Dionte Flores, So., Flowing Wells
    • WR: Milo Fragoso, Sr., Sahuarita
    • WR: Deonte Williams, Jr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • WR/RB: Aaron Fanning, Sr., Rio Rico
    • TE: Matt Solverson, Jr., Ironwood Ridge
    • OL: Jason Linden, Jr., Bisbee
    • OL: David Martinez, Jr., Salpointe Catholic
    • OL: Ryan Baker-Miller, Sr., Sabino
    • OL: Wesley De Giuiseppe, Sr., Nogales
    • OL: D.J. Schroder, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena
    • ATH: Ben Honea, Sr., Marana
    • RET: Christian Poe, Sr., Cienega
    • K: Nathan Farmer, Jr., Ironwood Ridge

    Defense

    • DL: Mike Vasquez, Sr., Salpointe Catholic
    • DL: Travis Howard, Jr., Marana
    • DL: Mark Ramirez, Sr., Rio Rico
    • DL: Austin Burleson, Jr., Walden Grove
    • LB: Austin Soszynski, Sr., Marana
    • LB: Dayton Lundgren, Sr., Sabino
    • LB: Nic Cisney, Sr., Sahuaro
    • LB: Chance Hatfield, Sr., Empire
    • DB: Reece LaFaye, Sr., Marana
    • DB: Kayden Bedolla, Sr., Sahuarita
    • DB: Benito Pimienta, Sr., Tanque Verde
    • DB: Chris Smith, Sr., Mountain View
    • DB: Jared McKemy, So., Ironwood Ridge
    • All-purpose: Coy Colgate, So., Nogales
    • P: Geovan Neuser, Jr., Sahuarita

    Honorable Mention

    • Amphitheater: Ray Holbrook, Abraham Pantoja, Dante Anderson, Tony Villa. Benson: Nick Hernandez, Travis Barney, Dallas Dastrup, Clayton Gill. Bisbee: Rey Chavez, Spencer Schuller. Canyon del Oro: Tommy Sawyer, Max Smith, Jared McElmell, Paul Udorvich. Catalina: Jeremiah Wilcoxen, DeMarco Grayson. Catalina Foothills: Elliott Buchanan, Gabe Gerhauser, Luis Escarcega, Kash McDonald, Brandon Kingsley, Conner Kobylinski, Rhett Rodriguez. Cholla: Justin Pledger, Jerome Doss, Carlos Velazquez, David Yslava, Martin Osuna, Steven Nuñez. Cienega: Derek Sommers, Adriell Alvarado, Christian Nash, David Sanchez. Desert View: Thomas Haskins, Dante Austin. Douglas: Blaze Rose, Luis Alvarado. Empire: Seth Powell, Lorenzo Sanchez, Isaiah Martin, Michael Dobiecki, Sean Klasen, Nick Lakosky. Flowing Wells: Satchel Burton, Nick Mason. Ironwood Ridge: Kai Ellingboe, Tyler Berson , Michael Volk, Nephi Otuafi. Marana: Bradley Gonzales, Colby Cecil, Christian Lopez. Mountain View: Sam Ross, Matt Thomas, Justice Summerset, J.P. Ramirez, Enrique Sparkman, Brandon Stoutmeyer, Caleb Barham. Nogales: Max Verdugo. Palo Verde: Joe Lewis, Rozario Martinez. Pueblo: Jorge Romero, Sean Berube, Jeren Gunnels. Pusch Ridge Christian: Mitch Reilly, Tyler Overstreet, Aaron Borane. Rincon/University: Brad Davis, Andrew Cable. Rio Rico: John Brewington, Sean Fanning, Dan Gastellum. Sabino: Emilio Araiza. Sahuarita: Olen Brown, Sal Rodriguez, Zach Radovich, Rocko Vega, Carlos Lopez. Sahuaro: Laramie Brown, Chris Arlig, Adrian Ramos, Jerry Ruiz, Demitri Fontinos, Arturo Bernal. Salpointe Catholic: David Peraza, Robby Wilson, Jake Ksiazek, Jaylyn Juan, Chase Sankey, Alex Flores, Zach Dorame, Andrew Palomares, Jake Berwick. San Manuel: Shane Kelly, Anthony Garcia, Richard Romo. Santa Rita: Peyton Kendrick, Mikey Patrick, Akia Bridges, Matt McAdams. Sierra Vista Buena: Joey Ash, Adarius Blake, Jacob Valdez, Corey Dannels, Gilbert Pinckney. Sunnyside: Gerrardo Fierros, Ruben Figueroa, Daniel Bonn, Steven Saenz. Tanque Verde: Sam Pernu, Jack Christman, Jesse Bartels. Tombstone: Dontae Otey, William Braswell, Tyler Francisco. Tucson: Bryce Coleman, Austin Perkins, Markquise Simmons, William Gambrell, Andres Castro, Joseph Martin. Walden Grove: Austin Elenez, Suh Breiler.
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