The Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation (TYFSF) Game of the Week featured the 9U teams from the Marana Broncos and the Oro Valley Dolphins with the Dolphins posting a 38-6 victory at Canyon del Oro High School last Saturday.
The Dolphins were able to recover several short kickoffs in the game resulting in limited opportunities for the Broncos to keep pace. Still, the second half proved competitive with the Broncos playing even despite being down 32-0 at the half.
Kayden Luke put the Dolphins on the board first after he took a 40-yard dash to the end zone with 6:10 left in the first quarter. As mentioned before, the Dolphins recovered the kick and Chase Laux scored from 4-yards out with 2:49 left.
Both teams turned the ball over and that’s how the first quarter came to an end with the Dolphins leading 14-0 thanks to an extra point kick by Joe Alba. Kicks after a score are worth two points at this age level.
Luke finished with a game-high 131 yards rushing and three touchdowns but his teammate Jacob Mustain got in on the action on a 64-yard scamper to put the Dolphins up 20-0 with 7:14 left in the first half.
The Dolphins recovered the kickoff again and Laux scored again from 26-yards out to make it 26-0 with 3:14 left.
The Broncos gave the ball back on downs and Luke scored his second TD, this time a 1-yard run. 32-0 at the half.
Mustain gained 96 yards and Laux added 47 to go along with Luke’s ground game but both teams were unable to move the ball in the second half until Adrian Howard ripped off a 70-yard run with 6:13 left in the game to give the Broncos six points.
Howard led the Broncos with 75 yards rushing, Alex Vargas-Felix added 15 and Derryk Marroquin gained 10 yards.
Logan Wertz was the only rusher having much success for the Dolphins in the second half (46 yards) until Luke broke free again, this time on a 53-yard run with 3:57 left in the game and that’s how it ended, 38-6.
Chance Cassel threw for 40 yards on two completions with Laux pulling down both receptions including a 31-yarder.
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