The Tucson Youth Football 14U All-Stars are in the American Youth Football National Championship game after their convincing 33-6 semifinal win over Central Massachusetts today at Kissimmee, Fla.
Tucson, coached by former Pueblo High School and Arizona standout tight end Clarence “Bam” McRae, will play San Diego at 10 a.m. Thursday (Tucson time) in the championship game. San Diego defeated Phoenix 42-7 in the other semifinal today.
Some of Tucson’s standouts today:
Joe Alba and Kaden Luke (both of the Oro Valley Dolphins) each scored a touchdown before Jaxson Banhie (Sahuarita 49ers) had a 50-yard touchdown reception. Savaughn Berryhill (Tucson Falcons) also had a TD reception. Berryhill is the younger brother of Arizona receiver Stanley Berryhill III.
Tucson has outscored its first two opponents in the tournament by a combined score of 81-6.
The 30 players who traveled to Florida are eighth graders who will play at the high school level next season. The team has been in Florida since Saturday and they return to Tucson on Saturday.
While at Kissimmee, they also have to concentrate on academics with some of them working on their final exams.
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