Yuma Catholic High School

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Yuma Catholic High School
2100 West 28th Street
Yuma, Arizona, (Yuma County), 85364
United States
Coordinates 32°40′36″N 114°38′41″W / 32.67667°N 114.64472°W / 32.67667; -114.64472Coordinates: 32°40′36″N 114°38′41″W / 32.67667°N 114.64472°W / 32.67667; -114.64472
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Sapientia et Gratia (Wisdom and Grace)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 2000
Oversight Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson
Principal Armando Valenzuela III
Grades 912
Enrollment 340±[1] (October 1, 2015)
Color(s) Navy Blue, Old Gold and Kelly Green             
Mascot Shamrock
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,[2]
Western Catholic Educational Association
Athletic Director Rhett Stallworth
Counselors Terra Stallworth/Jeanette Canela Montgomery
Director of Enrollment Laura Cuen
Assistant to Athletic Director Aaron Cheatwood
Director of Finance Josie Smith
Director of Staff Services Eva Felix

Yuma Catholic High School (YCHS) in Yuma, Arizona is a private Catholic high school that provides a college preparatory education. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson.


Yuma Catholic High School Football has quickly become one of the state's top programs. Coached by Rhett Stallworth, Yuma Catholic's varsity football team is currently #1 in Arizona Division IV. In 2014 Yuma Catholic won its third state championship going Undefeated, 14-0 winning back to back state titles with its defeat over Tempe Preparatory Academy 38-27, its third state title in four years. Yuma Catholic has had two Division I football standouts; Tight End Matthew Pistone (Boise State University) and Wide Receiver Donovan Rooks (University of Montana) both of the class of 2015. As of January 2015, the Arizona Interscholastic Association has moved Yuma Catholic up to Division IV Section IV; But will be moved to Arizona 3A in 2016.

Football Rivalries[edit]

Antelope Union High School "The Rams"
First played 2001/02-Loss 0-25
Last Played 2014/15-Win 56-7
All Time Record 12 WINS 2 LOSSES
All Time Score Y.C. 489- AUHS 164<difference of 325 points>
Rhett Stallworth All Time Record 8-0
Points Scored Y.C. 357- AUHS 98 <Difference of 259 points>
Series suspended and Rudy Cabrera Rival Awards moved to Northwest Christian Game in 2015/16 due to division change and Antelope not wanting a non division game against Y.C.

Northwest Christian High School "The Crusaders"
First played 2009/10-Loss 26-21
Last played 2015/16-Loss 48-0
All Time/Rhett Stallworth Record 4 WINS 8 LOSSES
Points Scored Y.C. 276- NWC 294<difference of 18 points>
2015/16 First year for the Rudy Cabrera Rival Awards

Y.C./Northwest Christian History[edit]

The Yuma Catholic and Northwest Christian rivalry began in 2009. While it didn’t start out as a rivalry it soon became one of the most intense, first playing in 2009 with 26-21 loss to Northwest Christian, then a 14-10 loss in 2010 regular season and a 30-27 loss in the State Championship game it soon became one. In 2011 they would have a rematch of the State Championship game in the opening week of the season with Yuma Catholic once again losing 13-6. As luck would have it The Yuma Catholic Shamrocks and The Northwest Christian Crusaders would meet once again in the State championship game with Y.C. finally getting the win 21-19. In 2012 they once again opened the season with Northwest winning again 16-14 and meeting again this time in the State Semi-Finals with Northwest again winning 21-17 on their way to another State Title. In 2013 they wouldn’t play until the final week of the season with Northwest rallying a comeback, winning 26-14 the largest margin of victory of 12 points, Up until then no team won by more than 7 points; The Shamrocks would go on to win the State Title but for the first time in 3 years the two teams would not play in the playoffs. 2014 would bring a change to the rivalry with Y.C. winning in the Final week of the season 63-46 a 17 point win the largest yet and then Again in the State Semi-Final 56-29 a 27 point win the largest in the rivalry. The Shamrocks would go on to a 14-0 season winning back to back State Titles. Since 2010 the last 5 State Championship have been won by either Northwest Christian (2 Titles) or Yuma Catholic (3 Titles). As of 2015 Season Yuma Catholic record against Northwest Christian is 4 Wins and 8 Losses NWC holds the point advantage 294-276. The 2015 season saw Yuma Catholic beating Northwest at home with a score of 27-7 in week 8, but later suffering a major and unexpected upset in the State Quarterfinals at YC's Ricky Gwynn Stadium with a score of NWC - 48, YC - 0, becoming the largest victory in the series' history.