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2023 Southern Arizona High School Football Preview: Morenci Wildcats

3A South: Morenci Wildcats

Records for 2022: 12 wins and 2 losses overall, 4 wins and 1 loss in 2A salt (2nd place). Lost to Pima in 2A State Championship match. Reclassified as 3A South by the end of the 2022-23 academic year.

Head coach: Richard Davis, 58-21, first season in Morenci, 8th overall. During his seven-year tenure there, he led Eloy Santa Cruz to their first 2A State Championship win in 30 years.

When Eloy Santa Cruz won the 2A title in 2020, Richard Davis made history by becoming the first African-American high school football coach in Arizona to win a state title (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson. com)


Key returner:

  • RB/WR/SS Mikey Casillas5-6, 150, senior.
  • DE/TE Tristen Sanchez6-1, 202, Sr.
  • RB/LB Marcus LuceroJunior
  • WR/CB Joey Ceballos5-9, 135, senior.
  • Te/De Donovan Vozza6-3, 210, Sr.
  • G/NT Austin Nelson6-0, 220, Senior.
  • MLB/NT Andrew Chavez 5-11, 205, Senior

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Coaching staff:

  • Head coach: Richard Davis
  • Defensive coordinator: Frankie Gonzales
  • JV Head Coach: Benji Morales
  • Offensive line: Esai Banegas
  • Offensive line: Matt Garcia
  • Defensive backs: Tito Casillas
  • running back: Josh McEwen
  • Assistant coach: Josh Sandoval
  • Assistant coach: Art Martinez

Note: Richard Davis He returned to his home state of Alabama for family reasons and was an assistant coach at Clanton, Alabama Chilton County High School in 2021 and Maplesville, Alabama High School last year. … Davis’ Tucson career dates back to 2003, when he graduated from Maplesville College and went on to a program at the University of Arizona. He wanted a spot on the Wildcats’ defensive line transitioning from Tucson. John Makovic To Mike Stoops. He was fired midway through spring practice in 2004, returned to Alabama, and was a Hall of Famer at Huntingdon College, a Division III school in Montgomery. …Davies returned to Tucson upon his graduation because he said he loved the area and had developed friendships during his year in Arizona.he is married Angel Orag Daviscomes from the Orag family, a famous athlete from Sabino High School. Manny and Santos Orague. …RB microphone Casillas Last year, he rushed 251 times for 1,936 yards and 32 touchdowns. His career totals are staggering, with 470 carries, 64 touchdowns and 4,096 yards. … Davis knows how to capitalize on a very prolific running Santa Cruz hunter ogle He has 4,656 rushing yards in his career (2017-2020), including 2,096 rushing yards as a senior in 2020 when he led the Dust Devils to a state title. … Morenci was promoted to 3A South by the end of last year after playing in college. 2A salt. That schedule reflects what was once a 2A powerhouse and now part of the competitive 3A South team. … Morenci will make his first four away appearances, including against Benson on 1 September. The Wildcats will face Pima, whom they beat last season in the 2A title game, on Sept. 8 in Pima. When Morenci visits the Lions on Oct. 6, Davis returns to his former assistant Pushridge.

Please note the following: Te/De Tristen SanchezDespite scoring 23.5 sacks, 106 tackles, including 37 for Halli, and conceding a staggering 38 points last season, there has been inexplicably little interest from colleges. He also had six pass deflections, three fumble recoveries, and three fumble induces. In his three-year international career, Sanchez has amassed 236 tackles, 70 tackles and 39.5 sacks.Coaches named Sanchez the Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year last season


Head Coach: Richard Davis
The Wildcats will play in 3A South. *This is a region-limited at 7pm

date Opponent W/L over- Registration
8/18 ALA – at Ironwood
8/25 at Round Valley
9/1 at benson
9/8 in Pima
9/15 blue ridge
9/29 Safford*
10/6 at Pushridge*
10/13 Fountain Hills
10/20 Sabino*
10/27 in Thatcher*

to follow @JAVIERJMORALES on Twitter! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is the former Arizona Daily Star Beat Reporter for the Arizona Basketball Team, and from 1996 he was part of the Wildcats’ 1997 win of his NCAA title. He has also written for many publications including, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America.he is also the author of the book “Best way to live”, available on Amazon. He became an educator five years before him and is currently a special education teacher at Sunnyside High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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