The Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Association (TYF) playoffs got underway Saturday morning with a complete slate of games held at five different high schools in Tucson. The No. 4 Oro Valley Dolphins defeated the No. 5 Sahuarita 49ers 26-7 in 11U action played at Amphitheater High School.
Both teams played even in the first quarter but the Dolphins broke through on their first drive of the second quarter for a 6-0 lead. It was an 11-play drive covering 50 yards with Bryce Jewell capping it off with a 2-yard plunge.
The 49ers were held on downs and Jewell put the Dolphins up 14-0 on a 38-yard dash across the field. A 20-yard pass from Ralph Valencia to Tyler Mustain set up the scoring play. Anthony Cox hit on the kick-after to provide the extra two points. Kicks are worth two points at this level of play.
Brysen Barrios came up with an interception to put the Dolphins back in business but Devon Camp returned the favor when he picked off the Dolphins three plays later.
The 49ers cashed in on the opportunity and Camp hit Walter Stauffer on a 14-yard throw to cut the lead down to 14-7 entering halftime. Aaron Bell threw to Camp for the extra point.
Stauffer is a 12-year-old from Sahuarita. He finished with 58 yards receiving and 8 yards rushing.
“Everyone was excited to play this game and we played really hard,” Stauffer said. “I took advantage of some good blocking and it was great pass on my touchdown.”
The Dolphins went up 20-7 on a 19-yard run from Barrios to open up the third quarter and the score remained that way until the fourth.
Jewell came up with an interception to give his team the ball back and he broke free for a 58-yard scoring run several plays later to give the Dolphins a 26-7 lead.
Camp finished with 84 yards passing with Paul Guy pulling down 16 yards receiving and Bell adding 12 more to go along with the 58 from Stauffer. Carlos Montoya collected 20 yards rushing to lead the 49ers on the ground.
Valencia threw for 24 yards and Mustain finished with 20 yards receiving. Jewell added 10 more. Barrios rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown while Jewell led all rushers with 143 yards and three TDs.
“We were successful running the ball because we were opening up holes, the Wilson K-8 student explained. “I am very proud of my team,” Jewell added.
“We are like brothers.”
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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and 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. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com