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.
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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.
Daniel Amaya Jr.
Ruben Erunez III
Joshua Lamb Jr.
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
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