The 8U Raiders beat the Redskins 33-25 Saturday morning at Pueblo High School in a game that featured breakaway scoring runs and over 500 yards of rushing. It all started with a 38-yard dash from Fabien Cueto that put the Raiders up 7-0 after Victor Flores added the extra point.
The Raiders led through the first quarter until Daniel Dominguez broke free on a 33-yard scoring run to cut the lead down to 7-6 and then Sai McDaniel caught the extra point to tie things up 7-7. The Redskins followed with an onside kick to retain the ball and Dominguez ripped off a 53-yard run to take a 13-7 lead.
The Raiders came right back on a 35-yard run from Cueto to tie the game up at 13-13 at the half. The Raiders came out of the half and the team put together a long scoring drive with Julius Martinez cashing in on a 10-yard run to put the Raiders up 19-13. That lead was short lived with Dominguez breaking free on a 55-yard run a few minutes later to tie the game up at 19-19.
The Raiders went up 26-19 to end the third quarter on a short run from Daniel Gonzales with another extra point from Flores added. Dominguez scored right away, this time from 50 yards out, to cut the lead down to 26-25. The Raiders put the game away on a 50-yard run from Anthony Vigil with Flores adding the extra point to make it 33-25. Cueto came up with an interception to help preserve the lead.
Dominguez led all rushers with 201 yards and four touchdowns on 12 runs, Vigil had 185 yards with a TD on 11 carries and Cueto had 101 yards with two TDs on seven carries.
Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by the Sunnyside School District and by Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org