YOUTH FOOTBALL: 10U Rams come up big under the lights at CDO

Jeremiah Edwards is surrounded by Dolphins. (Andy Morales/


The 10U Southwest Rams piled up over 300 yards of offense to defeat the Oro Valley Dolphins 40-0 on Wednesday night under the lights at Canyon del Oro High School. The win improved the Rams record to 6-2 while the Dolphins fell to 5-3.

The Falcons and Raiders lead the 10U Division with a perfect 7-0 record and the Redskins are 6-1. The Scorpions are in sixth place at 4-3.

The Falcons will take on the Raiders Saturday, Oct. 14 at noon at Cholla High School and the Redskins will play the Wildcats (1-6) at the same day and time at Pueblo High School.

Makoa Piña led all running backs with 110 yards rushing and most of that came on a 74-yard dash to put the Rams up 6-0 in the first quarter. Aaron Abarca made the kick to make it 8-0. In youth football, kicks after a touchdown are worth two points while a successful run or throw after a score is worth one point.

Abarca connected on all five extra points on the night with most of them clearing the cross-bar by a distance of at least 30 yards.

Agyeman Addae put the Rams up 16-0 on a 60-yard run and Jeremiah Edwards put the Rams up 24-0 at the half on an 8-yard run. Addae finished with 79 yards on the night and Edwards added 65.

The Dolphins were unable to score but found some success with Diego Gomez going for 61 yards rushing and Colton Raetzman adding 47 more but most of the yards were collected in the middle of the field. Daniel Atondo had an interception for the Dolphins.

Edwards scored on a 20-yard run to make it 32-0 and Josiah Thornwell ran the last touchdown in from 8-yards out for the 40-0 final. Edwards added 20 yards throwing with Addae pulling in 18 of those yards.

In 11U action, the Steelers (7-0) will take on the Raiders (6-1) at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Cholla.

Diego Gomez. (Andy Morales/


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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