YOUTH FOOTBALL: Three local teams headed to Nationals; Giovanni Ciaccio leads the 14U team

14U All-Stars (Andy Morales/ Photos)

14U All-Stars (Andy Morales/ Photos)

Three All-Star teams from the Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation (TYFSF) will be heading to Florida this Friday to take part in the American Youth Football National Championships. The first games are scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Austin-Tindal Park in Kissimmee, just outside of Orlando.

Giovanni Ciaccio is slated to be the starting quarterback for the 14U Tucson All-Stars. The cousin of former Catalina Foothills standout Tommy Ciaccio, Giovanni is a local 8th grader who has chosen to follow in his cousin’s footsteps and play for Jeff Scurran next year.

“I like the style of play at Catalina Foothills and there is lots of good coaching there,” Ciaccio explained.

His 13U Tucson Wildcats squad went 11-0 this past year to win the City Championship and he is one of seven Wildcats named to the 14U All-Star team. The All-Stars have been practicing for a couple of weeks in preparation for the trip to Florida.

“We took third place last year but this team seems to be more athletic and we are a lot bigger,” Ciaccio added.

The team is expected to run a spread offense to take advantage of the athleticism.

10U All-Stars

10U All-Stars

Eli Trainer-Head Coach
James Neustadter-Ast. Coach
John Ryan Spence-Ast. Coach
Marco Ibarra-Ast. Coach
Carlos Gonzales-Ast. Coach
Jason Hawkins-Ast. Coach

Giovanni Arenas-Rams
Esteban Canez-49ers
Luis Cordova-Redskins
Ayden Foster-Spence-Broncos
Orlando Gonzalez-Redskins
Cameron Hackworth-Rams
Adrian Howard-Broncos
Julian Ibarra -Rams
Da’Sean (DJ) Jaiman -49ers
Jackson Klump-49ers
Kayden Luke -Dolphins
Timothy Meeks-Broncos
Avantae Molina -Redskins
Mason Moon-Wildcats
Mavrick Neustadter-Broncos
Gabriel Oseguera-49ers
Austin Pahler-49ers
Joaquin Vasquez-Redskins
William White II-Falcons
Joe Alba-Dolphins
Jaylen Grigsby-Wildcats
Markus Gonzalez-Broncos
Cameron Myers-Cowboys
Emillio Bracamonte

12 All-Stars

12 All-Stars

Rodrigo Vazquez-Head Coach
Sergio Rodriquez-Ast Coach
Pablo Pena-Ast Coach
Armando Arvizu-Ast Coach
Adolfo Hernandez-Ast Coach

Alex Arroyo-Redskins
David Arvizu-Scorpions
Mark Cabeen -49ers
Luis Cancio-Scorpion
Julian Cruz -Raiders
Michael Delgado-Redskins
Joseph DeSoto-Redskins
Ryan Edwards-Vikings
Gabriol Galaz-Redskins
Brendan Ganem -Wildcats
Tyler Haynie -Broncos
Gunnar Hernandez-Scorpions
Marius Lester-Wildcats
Kai Lyles-Dolphins
Antonio Martinez-Dolphins
Jayden Mcgowan-Vikings
Aaron Miller -Dolphins
Anthony Murrietta-Vikings
Justin Nguyen -Steelers
Zachary Oakes-Dolphins
Pablo Pena Jr-Broncos
Cody Raetzman-Dolphins
Jacob Reyna-Wildcats
Donovan Rodriguez -Dolphins
Charlie Smallhorn -Vikings
Rene Urias-Cardinals
Anthony Wilhite II-Wildcats
Carlos Alvarez-Raiders
Dylan Dreis-Dolphins
Diego Alvarez
Jaden Amos

Sly Lewis-Head Coach
Steve Rocker-Ast. Coach
Ted Walton-Ast. Coach
Jeff Schlagel-Ast. Coach
Jesus Aranda-Ast. Coach
Mike Silva-Ast. Coach
Mike Laguna-Ast. Coach
Sandra Rocker-Biz Manager

Dinitri Acuna -Rams
Random Aiello -Wildcats
Nathanial Aranda-Raiders
Richard Berdal -Wildcats
Lucky Bradfield-Cowboys
Zach Brown-Cowboys
K’Ron Burton-Steelers
Giovanni Ciaccio-Wildcats
David Cordero-Wildcats
Christian Dicochea-49ers
Isaiah Escalante-Raiders
Josiah Flores-49ers
Spiezio Gonzalez-49ers
Collin Gorcey -Dolphins
Richard Hanlan-Cardinals
Damarion Hopkins-Wildcats
Gabriel Levy -49ers
Brees McCraren-Steelers
Montana Neustadter-Broncos
Nathan Pettigrew-Steelers
Stevie Rocker Jr.-Broncos
Hunter Schlagel-Wildcats
Anthony Sierra -Broncos
Dillon Silva -Wildcats
Griffin Staten -Cowboys
Teddy Walton-Broncos
Julian Robles-Broncos
Jayden Bracy-Broncos
Jose Roman -Jaguars
Sebastian Felix-49ers
Isaiah Villalobos-49ers
Michael Gribis-Redskins


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Contact Andy Morales at



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