Week Two of the Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation regular season is in the books with game played at Walden Grove, Palo Verde, Flowing Wells, Amphitheater and Catalina. We caught up with four teams battling it out at Flowing Wells with the Jaguars beating the Wildcats 48-0 in 10U action and the Rams beating the Steelers 31-0 in the 11U division.
Jeffrey Smith led the Jaguars with 152 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Marcos Gradillas added 56 yards rushing, Jeremiah Anderson rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns, Jake Bondi threw a 19-yard scoring strike to Gavin Brown and Bondi also rushed for a short TD. Ezra Spivey recovered a fumble in the end zone for another score. Gabriel Jaquez, Daniel Guerra, Javion Winton and Timmy Ware controlled the offense for the Wildcats.
“It was a good game but we have some things to work on,” Smith said. “We play with a lot of heart and we grind in practice. The Wildcats are a very talented team and we worked really hard. We had a lot of good sportsmanship.”
In the next game, Cisco Miranda collected 81 yards rushing with a TD for the Rams, Gunner Felix rushed for 67 yards and two TDs, Nicholas Dominguez threw for 54 yards, including a 26-yard TD to Felix. Abel Bermudez collected 22 yards receiving. Miranda also picked up an interception for the Rams. In addition, Dominguez hit on two extra-point kicks.
Sharif Parker led the Steelers at the QB position and Logan Purdy pulled down 10 yards receiving. Roman Flores, Isaac Sekou Williams, Caleb Pettigrew and Miguel Aboyte carried the ball for the Steelers.
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“Our teams is fun like a family,” Miranda said. “We practice a lot and we run sprints to prepare for games like this. We have to go back and work on our running and try to keep with the plays.”
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 AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at email@example.com