YOUTH FOOTBALL: 11U Falcons over Steelers to remain undefeated

It took a team effort to bring down Steelers running back Jose Caballero. (Andy Morales/


The 11U Tucson Falcons moved to 5-0 on the year thanks to a 38-0 win over the Tucson Steelers (1-4). Vincent Otero led the way for the Falcons with 68 yards passing and three touchdowns to go along with 32 yards rushing, but the game started off with a bang thanks to a 73-yard kickoff return from Dajon Hinton.

The son of former University of Arizona cornerback David Hinton, Dajon Hinton also finished the day with 48 yards receiving including a 35-yard TD reception from Jeremiah Edwards. Jose Caballero led the Steelers with 30 yards rushing but the Steelers were unable to sustain a scoring drive. Jesus Rodriguez recovered a fumble for the Steelers.

Xavior Johnson ended the day with a 32-yard TD run and a 24-yard TD reception and Shamar Berryhill pulled in a 42-yard TD catch to round out the scoring for the Falcons. Berryhill is the younger brother of Arizona standout Stanley Berryhill III.

The Falcons beat the Raiders 55-0 last week and the Scorpions 42-0 the week before, giving both teams their first losses of the season. The Falcons moved up from the 10U Division last year where they won the City Championship 44-0 and the Regional Championship in Las Vegas 59-6. The program is reportedly working on a 17-0 win streak.

A couple of other big results from Friday includes a 26-0 win for the 13U Oro Valley Dolphins over the Raiders in battle between two undefeated teams and a 38-6 win by the Marana Broncos 8U team over the Tucson Scorpions to move to 5-0 on the year. The 9U Rams beat the Steelers 26-6 to improve to 5-0.


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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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