The Tucson 14U All-Stars have advanced to the American Youth Football National Championship following their dominating performance in three games in their conference bracket at Kissimmee, Fla., this week.
Tucson defeated San Diego 41-23 in the championship game of its bracket (14U-A) today to complete a three-game sweep with victories also over Manatee (Fla.) and Central Massachusetts this week.
Tucson plays for the national championship against the other bracket (14U-B) winner — New Jersey All-Stars — tomorrow at noon (Tucson time).
In today’s game against San Diego, Kayden Luke opened the scoring with a 45-yard run and Aaron Abarca followed with the extra-point conversion.
Quarterback Cameron Hackworth then scored on a 65-yard run followed by Abarca’s extra point. Hackworth also connected on a 30-yard scoring strike to De Sean Jaiman.
Abarca nailed a 37-yard field goal that put Tucson ahead 24-16 by halftime.
Tucson pulled away in the second half to the 41-23 victory behind a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown by Max Flores, a 37-yard field goal by Abarca and a 3-yard run by Luke that was set up by a 45-yard pass to Jaiman.
The 10U Southwest Rams will also try to also bring home a national title tomorrow with a game at 2 p.m. (Tucson time) against the Moval (Calif.) Falcons.
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