8. Bobby Valdez, QB, 1987

At the end of the 1985 season, Sunnyside quarterback Bobby Valdez finished second to Sahuaro's Brad Chilcote in the race for Tucson's QB crown despite throwing for 2,092 yards and 26 touchdowns. Over the offseason, Valdez decided that next year the honor would be his, spending countless hours "throwing the ball to whoever would catch it" and working out in the weight room, according to an article in the 1986 Arizona Daily Star. The dedication paid off as Valdez won the Darrin Longenbaugh Memorial Award as the AAA-1 Division Most Valuable Player. Valdez and star receiver Glenn Posey picked apart opponents through the air. Valdez threw for 2,675 yards and 18 touchdowns while completing 56.9 percent of his passes. The two-time All-State quarterback broke Flowing Wells Ken Leikem's city yardage mark with 5,731 yards and 48 touchdowns, also a record, throughout his three years at Sunnyside. The Super 11 selection went on to play at Arizona State, but was a backup until an elbow injury ended his career.

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