Tucson Youth Sports

10U Southwest Rams and 14U All-Stars Fall Short in National Title Games but Coming Home “Tucson Proud”


Multiple football games in one week is a lot to ask unless the young players are having fun and experiencing memories of a lifetime.

By all accounts, the 10U Southwest Rams and 14U All-Stars who represented the Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation had a busy but rewarding time this week in the American Youth Football National Championships at Kissimmee, Fla., near Orlando.

The Rams finished 2-1 in their tournament, losing 22-7 in the championship game today against the Moval (Calif.) Falcons.

Tucson 14U coach Bam McRae embracing standout Jaxson Banhie after today’s loss in the national title game (TYFSF photo)

The 14U All-Stars are coming home with their conference championship trophy earned by going 3-0 in their bracket before losing to New Jersey 24-8 in the national championship game today.

“Both our 10U and 14U teams finished second in the nation. That’s a great moment for these kids and Tucson,” said TYFSF president Julius Holt, who was inducted into the AYF Hall of Fame this week. “The teams should be arriving around 12 to 1 p.m. tomorrow in Tucson. Hopefully, we will have some fans greeting the teams. Thanks for all your support and the support of Tucson.

“We are Tucson proud.”

TYFSF coach Bam McRae holds aloft the trophy his team will bring home after advancing to the national title game (TYFSF photo)
The 10U Southwest Rams warm up before a game (TYFSF photo)


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