Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation City Championships

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The 13U Jaguars dominated the field this year with a 9-0 record and scored over 400 points, including a 46-0 win over the Dolphins to capture the Tucson City Championship on Saturday morning.

The Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation (TYFSF) held championships all day at Pueblo High School with the Tucson Wildcats beating the Jaguars to win the 8U Championship, the Tucson Thunder beating the Wolverines for the 9U Championship, the Tucson Scorpions beating the Wildcats for the 10U Championship, the Wildcats Red beating the Scorpions to win the 11U Championship, the Tucson Scorpions beating the Redskins to win the 12U Championship and the Scorpions beat the Falcons to win the 14U Championship.

The Wildcats Red beat the Vikings White to win the Flag Championship three weeks ago.

Jeffrey Smith III: 19 rushes for 161 yards and 2 TDs. His teammate Maximus Alcoverde rushed 10 times for 100 yards and a TD. https://t.co/6QBsju7Z0Q pic.twitter.com/gc2chDC7vx

— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) November 5, 2022

The 13U Dolphins had minimal possessions against the Jaguars due to a string of successful onside kicks that kept the high-powered Jaguar offense on the field and a running clock in the second half due to a 40-lead also limited opportunities for the Dolphins.

Jeffrey Smith III put the Jaguars up 8-0 (Isaiah Tadeo Kick) with 5:50 left in the first on a short run and the Jake Bondi hit Ian Castellanos on a 56-yard strike to put the Jaguars up 16-0 with 3:40 left. Castellanos came up with an interception and Bondi followed that up with a 21-yard TD pass to Castellanos to make it 22-0 on the missed kick.

Jake Bondi. Jaguar’s 13U QB. 10-13 for 178 yards and 3 TDs. pic.twitter.com/9X31ZD7dIH

— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) November 5, 2022

Maximus Alcoverde scored from 3-yards out to make it 28-0 in the second quarter and then Smith punched in a 1-yard dash to make it 34-0. Bondi found Jeremiah Johnson from 11 yards out for the 40-0 lead at the half. Issac Fierros scored from up close to make it 46-0 with 6:38 left in the game and that was also the final score with the Dolphins coming up short at the goal as time expired.

Maximus Alcoverde with a 3-yard td run. Jags lead 7:58 in the half. 28-0. Block extra. https://t.co/ohorvFz8Nn pic.twitter.com/YIgJGQyclu

— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) November 5, 2022

Smith finished with 161 yards rushing on 19 attempts with 2 touchdowns, Alcoverde had 100 yards rushing on 10 carries with a TD, Bondi went 10-13 through the air with 3 TDs, Castellanos had 107 yards receiving on 3 catches with 2 TDs, Anderson pulled 28 yards receiving with a TD, Roman Otero-Glaspie had received 16 yards, Jayvion Gilbert Rojas rushed for 20 yards and Fierros had 11 yards rushing with a TD.

Peyton Strand took the snaps for the dolphins with Brody Elicio other Ryan Luke in the backfield. KaneCollins caught an 8-yard pass.

Tucson Wildcats 8U TYFSF champions 🏆 pic.twitter.com/pbnXxygvIg

— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) November 5, 2022

The championship trophy presentation from TYFSF president Don Riley, a close friend of the late Julius Holt, the previous president. Tucson Jaguars 13U coach Jeffrey Smith then addressed his team. Jags will play in the regionals next weekend at Las Vegas. https://t.co/6cwPRYGTXM pic.twitter.com/kKw8B7TQdu

— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) November 5, 2022

The American Youth Football and Cheer – Desert Mountain Regionals start on Nov. 11 in Las Vegas.


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 City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at [email protected]

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