YOUTH FOOTBALL: Rams use running game to beat Steelers in 9U action

Gunner Felix in some early action for the SW Rams (Andy Morales/


The 9U Southwest Rams beat the Steelers 40-0 on Saturday morning in a game that was still in doubt at the half. Andres Acuña scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter and that 6-0 lead held up till late in the second when Nicholas Valentin-Dominguez took over.

Dominguez finished with 144 yards rushing, paced by three straight touchdown runs of 30, 41 and 61 yards to give the Rams a 26-0 lead heading into the fourth.

A 32-yard run from Matthew Augustine Montes made it 33-0 and 5-yard score from Jacob Urbina made it 40-0. Urbina finished with 76 yards rushing and Montes had 69. Dominguez, Acuña and Jesus Bravo ran in extra-point conversions and Dominguez hit Raymond Duarte on an extra point pass. Under American Youth Football (AYF) rules, running or passing is worth one extra point while kicking a field goal after a touchdown is worth two points.

Gunner Felix had 31 yards rushing, Duarte had 24 and Acuña added 20 for the Rams.

The Steelers also came up with some big performances with Da’veion Winters collecting 55 yards rushing and Kristopher Bayze finishing with 35. Yahmir Calderon, Kimani Nobles and Christopher Pussatrie saw some running action and Benito Dixon recovered a fumble for the Steelers.

Izzy Granados and Montes recovered fumbles for the Rams.

Yahmir Caldron hands off to Da’veion Winters. (Andy Morales/



Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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