Tucson All-Stars, Marana Broncos win national championships
Tucson youth football has been well represented in the past week, as two local teams won national championships.
• The Tucson All-Stars, which consisted of 14-year-old players around the city, defeated the Phoenix All-Stars 44-8 Friday in Orlando, Fla., to claim the American Youth Football national title.
Tucson led 14-8 at halftime before a 30-0 second-half barrage.
Pierre Arnaud traveled with his son Alex, 14, who played offensive guard/tackle and center to watch the tournament.
“This was incredible,” Pierre said. “The discipline and responsibility has taught them about integrity. This team has only been together 12-14 days. It’s been a growing-up experience.”
Alex will attend Salpointe Catholic next year.
In the semifinals, the Tucson All-Stars defeated the New York All-Stars 36-0.
The tryouts for the Tucson team were held on Nov. 24-25, when 45 kids came out, of which 22 made the team.
The Tucson Southwest Rams Jr. Peewees took third in the event at Orlando. They beat a team from New York 30-24 in triple overtime in the third-place game.
• The Marana Broncos traveled to Las Vegas last week and brought home the 9-10 year-old National Youth Football national championship.
The Broncos defeated the Vacaville (Calif.) Bulldogs 20-14 in overtime after running back Anthony Marshall scored on a 1-yard touchdown.
The game was played Nov. 29.
Anthony, coach Steve Marshall’s son, finished the game with 150 yards rushing.
The Broncos trailed at one point during the game 14-8.
“This was a magical run. This is the youngest age I’ve ever coached,” Steve Marshall said. “They’re anxious to learn. One of the keys is I’m allowed on the field as a coach and in the huddle with them.”
The Broncos played their first game on Sept. 6 and had all of their home games at Marana High. They finished 10-2 overall.