Tucson Youth Sports

TYFSF President: Banner Day for Youth Football Includes 10,000-plus at Series of Championship Games at Tucson High

Six youth football games over 12 hours — that’s not a long day. It is a full day of watching young players with long futures.

The first game started at 8 a.m. with the No. 2 Rams beating the No. 1 Redskins 12-6 for the 8U championship. The last game ended past 8 p.m with the No. 3 Dolphins beating the No. 1 49ers 38-0 in the 13/14U title game.

The other finals:

9U: No. 1 Rams 20, No. 3 Thunder 12
10U: No. 2 Rams 14, No. 1 Jaguars 12
11U: No. 1 Scorpions 21, No. 3 Jaguars 6.
12U: No. 1 Jaguars 53, No. 3 Scorpions 8

Oro Valley’s 13U championship team celebrates thanking their families and friends (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)
Sahuarita 49ers (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

That’s six games with approximately 30 players per roster as well as the cheerleaders for each team and their contingent. Factor in parents and family members of each player attending throughout the day.

When I pulled up at Tucson High School after leaving Arizona Stadium following coverage of the Oregon State-Arizona game there, I was amazed at the size of the crowd for the 13/14U championship game. It was similar or more than the 2,000 or so fans who attend high school football games locally on Fridays.

“We did very well at the gate. There was at least 10,000 fans who came to watch the games throughout the day,” Tucson Youth Football and Sports Federation president Julius Holt said.

Good turnout of fans all day at the TYFSF title games at Tucson High School (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The 13U Oro Valley Dolphins capped the evening with the exhilarating win that snapped for many of their players a three-game championship drought (losing the 10U, 11U and 12U titles).

What made the win even more special for the Dolphins was the fact that all but one of their roster returned from playing together for the 12U team. It is truly a team in every sense.

Jacob “Bubba” Mustain three three TD passes to different receivers — Chase Laux, Kayden Luke and Chance Cassel. Two different rushers scored on the ground — Aaron Ramirez and John Alba IV.

The team has players who will likely play either at the varsity or junior varsity level in high school next year, including linemen Sa’Kylee Woodard and Morgan Narcaroti. It also has role players culminating their careers on the field.

Sa’Kylee Woodard was literally a standout (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Woodard — remember his name because he will be a headliner later in his career — started a “thank you” cheer after the game with his teammates for parents and family members in the stands.

The city championships are complete, but the Dolphins will advance to the regional tournament in Phoenix in two weeks. If they win there, they head to nationals in Florida.

Oro Valley’s cheer squads (photos by Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

TYFSF is also still in operation with its 13/14U All-Star team that will be at practice at 8 a.m. Sunday. The roster of that team that is preparing for the national tournament at Orlando in January:


33 Alexandro Vargas Felix/Oro Valley Dolphins

77 Giovanna Arenas/Tucson Raiders

75 Jaime Charles/Marana Broncos

13 Luis Cordova/Tucson Raiders

98 Jacob Cota/Tucson Redskins

85 Frank Dicochen/Southwest Rams

99 Jose Roberto Heredia/Tucson Raiders

63 Julian Lopez/Tucson Raiders

7 Leland Marshall/Tucson Redskins

70 Jayden Noperi/Marana Broncos

56 Brayden Wolfe/Vail Vikings

55 Sa’Kylee Woodard/Oro Valley Dolphins

Reserve All-Star Linemen
60 Kennedy Ellsworth/Tucson Wildcats
38 Martin Gonzalez/Tucson Redskins
86 Hector Reyes/Tucson Redskins
55 Izaiah Reyes/Southwest Rams

Some of the TYFSF 13U All-Stars (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)
TYFSF 13U All-Stars coach Bam McRae, a former Arizona player, shows appreciation to his team (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Skill Players

11 Chris Acuna/Tucson Raider

36 Joe Alba/Oro Valley Dolphins

25 Diego Arellano/Southwest Rams

5 Jackson Banhie/Sahuarita 49er’s

86 Savaughn Berryhill/Tucson Falcons

25 Chance Cassel/Oro Valley Dolphins

23 Edgardo Flores/Sahuarita 49ers

22 Ciaosen Fuller/Tucson Raiders

5 Samario Garcia/Tucson Raiders

34 Orlando Gonzalez/Tucson Raiders

1 Cameron Hackworth/Tucson Raiders

4 De Sean Jaiman/Sahuarita 49ers

17 Michael Brody Jones/Oro Valley Dolphins

14 Chase Laux/Oro Valley Dolphins

30 Kaden Luke/Oro Valley Dolphins

5 Tyler Martinez/Oro Valley Dolphins

7 Gabriel Smith/Sahuarita 49ers

33 Devon Waxwood/Tucson Falcons

Reserve All-Star Skill Players
Dylan Carrillo/Tucson Redskins
88 Zavian Lopez/Marana Broncos
24 Tristan McClelland/Oro Valley Dolphins
4 Josiah Thornwell/Southwest Rams
43 Manny Morales/Tucson Raiders
50 Jaimie Ramirez/Marana Broncos


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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