Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation

PODCAST: Tucson Jaguars 13U heading to AYF national championships in Florida

Coaches and players with the Tucson Jaguars 13U team took part in a podcast interview with AllSportsTucson.com at Wings Over Broadway at Camino Seco on Wednesday night to discuss its trip to Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday to compete in the AYF National Championships that begin on Monday.

The event will take place through next Friday at Austin-Tindall Park in Kissimmee.

The Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation 14U All-Stars and the organization’s AYF Cheer All-Stars will also travel to Kissimmee.


Tucson Jaguars 13U (D’Andre Davis/AllSportsTucson.com)

The Cheer Nationals are from Dec. 8-12 Members of the cheer squad include Jaeden Taylor, Ariana Benitez, Brooklyn Carpenter, Alexah Greene, Abigail Caldwell, Mia Lopez, Selma Insanic and Lynn Antone. The head coach is Danielle Benitez. Her support staff is assistant Emily Nutbrown, business manager Marina Amans and student demo is Gaeltan Benitez.

The Jaguars, who won the TYFSF city championship, earned a trip to the national tournament by capturing the Desert Mountain Regional Championship, defeating the Las Vegas Apex Predators 15-6 in El Paso on Nov. 21.

The team includes Kayden Steptoe, son of former Arizona and NFL player Syndric Steptoe and Jake Rogers, son of Salpointe head coach Eric Rogers.


Jake Rogers with Diaz twins (Christian and Gabriel) after winning the 8U city title with the Broncos (Rogers photo)


Jake Rogers with the Diaz twins (Christian and Gabriel) (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Jaguars roster:

Daniel Amaya Jr.

Matthew Avelar

Noah Banhie

Van Birchak

Jimmel Champion

Christian Coronado

Dennis Davis

Wheeler DeLancey

Christian Diaz

Gabriel Diaz

(D’Andre Davis/AllSportsTucson.com)

Caleb Dooley

Ruben Erunez III

Davian Gonzalez

Daniel Gradillas-Flores

Tharran Koran

Joshua Lamb Jr.

Jake Li

(D’Andre Davis/AllSportsTucson.com)
(D’Andre Davis/AllSportsTucson.com)

Damian Mutchler

Nasim Pedrego

Parker Pierce

Jake Rogers

Benicio Ruiz

Julien Sanchez

Kayden Steptoe

Fetuolelagi Taiafi

Bryce Thomas

(D’Andre Davis/AllSportsTucson.com)

Coaching staff:

Head coach: Jason Hawkins

Defensive coordinator: Steve Dooley

Offensive coordinator: Derrick Gory

Defensive backs: Robbie Delaney

Defensive line: Gerald Morgan

Wide receivers: Julio Diaz

Offensive line: Victor Gonzalez

Business manager: Rebeca Hawkins


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. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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