5. Fred Batiste, RB/DB, 1944

The last name Batiste is synonymous with excellence at Tucson High. But while Joe Batiste was a world-class track star, Fred Batiste was the elite player on the gridiron. Fred was the star on the undefeated 1943 state championship squad, the first of three-straight undefeated seasons for the Badgers. The 6-foot, 158-pound back also played a key role on the 1942 championship team and scored 14 touchdowns as both a junior and senior. Though what really separated him from other great Tucson backs was his defensive ability. Fred Batiste had a school-record 17 career interceptions, solidifying his spot as the co-most valuable player on the 1943 All-State team. He was also named the football Southwest Sports News Service Player of the Year. Several other great runners followed Batiste during Tucson's 32-game winning streak (and four-straight state titles), including Sol Ahee, Oscar Carillo and Lee "Legs" Carey.

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