Tristan McClelland of the Oro Valley Dolphins had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown and also recovered a blocked punt and scored in Tucson’s 48-0 win over Manatee (Fla.) in American Youth Football 14U National Championships at Kissimmee, Fla., this afternoon.
Tucson advances to the semifinals where it will play Central Massachusetts on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Tucson time. Central Massachusetts had a bye in the opening round.
In the other semifinal, Phoenix will face San Diego. Phoenix defeated Bayside (Md.) by a score of 47-12 and San Diego beat Georgia 21-13.
Other highlights from Tucson’s win over Manatee:
— McClelland’s teammate with the Oro Valley Dolphins — lineman Sa’Kylee Woodard blocked the punt that led to McClelland’s touchdown return.
— Chance Cassel, also of the Oro Valley Dolphins, had a 30-yard touchdown reception.
— Cam Hackworth of the Tucson Raiders ran for a 45-yard score.
— Jaxson Banhie of the Sahuarita 49ers scored on a 30-yard run.
— Gabriel Smith of the 49ers threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Savaughn Berryhill of the Tucson Falcons. Berryhill is the younger brother of Arizona receiver Stanley Berryhill III.
— Aaron Abarca of the Southwest Rams was good on five extra-point attempts.
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