TYFSF: Wildcats Red win Flag Championship over Vikings White

Carter Varner. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The Wildcats Red went undefeated to win the Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation (TYFSF) Flag City Championship. The top-seeded Wildcats beat No. 4 Vikings White 25-6 in the championship game late Saturday at Pueblo High School.

The Wildcats earned the “Julius Holt Flag Fiesta” championship trophy named in honor of former TYFSF president and University of Arizona standout Julius Holt who passed away in April. The Vikings earned the runner-up trophy also named in Holt’s honor. The Vikings started the season out 0-3 and battled to a respectable finish in the division.

Wildcats standout Carter Varner ended the game with 237 yards on 13 carries with scoring runs of 56, 30, 4 and 55 yards. Anthony Henderson led the Viking attack with 107 yards rushing on 15 carries with a TD and 20 yards passing. Mason Wolff had two catches for 20 yards. Henderson is the younger brother of Salpointe standout basketball and track athlete Taliyah Henderson.

Anthony Henderson. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


WILDCATS: Carter Varner 56 yards (6-0)
WILDCATS: Varner 30 yards (12-0)


WILDCATS: Varner 4 yards/extra point (19-0)
VIKINGS: Anthony Henderson 1 yard (19-6)
WILDCATS: Varner 55 yards (25-6)


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 amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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