The 8U Raiders beat the Redskins 33-25 Saturday morning at Pueblo High School in a game that featured breakaway points and more than 500 yards of running. It all started with a 38-yard dash from Fabien Cuéto who put the Raiders 7-0 after Victor Flores added the extra point.
The Raiders led the first quarter until Daniel Dominguez broke free on a 33-yard run to cut the lead to 7-6, then Sai McDaniel grabbed the extra point to even things up 7-7. The Redskins followed with a kick in play to hold the ball and Dominguez ripped off a 53-yard run to take a 13-7 lead.
The Raiders came back on a 35-yard run from Cueto to tie the game at 13-13 at halftime. The Raiders came out of halftime and the team put together a long scoring streak with Jules 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 minutes later to tie the game at 19-19.
The Raiders took a 26-19 lead to end the third quarter by a short distance of Daniel Gonzales with another extra point from Flores added. Dominguez scored straight away, this time from 50 yards out, to cut the lead to 26-25. The Raiders put the game aside on a 50-yard run from Antoine Vigile with Flores adding the extra point to make it 33-25. Cueto offered an interception to help hold on to the lead.
Dominguez led all rushers with 201 yards and four touchdowns on 12 points, Vigil had 185 yards with a touchdown on 11 carries and Cueto had 101 yards with two touchdowns on seven carries.
Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as Top High School Reporter in 2014, he received the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and AZ Education Recognition News in 2019. He coached youth, high school and college for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girl 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 Arizona’s top football player, and he was named local hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was made 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 won a Distinguished Service Award from the Amphitheater and he was recognized by the Sunnyside School District and Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org