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Three AZ Teams Win NFL Flag Championships

Posted Jan 31, 2018

Teams competed during Pro Bowl week in Orlando

The T.T. Cardinals, 13- and-14-year-old girls from Tucson, are honored at the Pro Bowl for their NFL Flag championship.

Sixty-six youth flag football teams, representing all 32 NFL clubs, competed in the 2018 NFL FLAG Championship Powered by USA Football as part of the NFL's Pro Bowl Week in Orlando, Florida.

Teams competed in four divisions: 9-10 coed, 11-12 coed, 13-14 boys and 13-14 girls. Arizona had a fantastic showing, as three different teams came away with titles for their age group. Champions included:

9-10 Coed:

Team Impact Phoenix, Arizona

Players: Jack Bridgford, LJ Guzman, Gage Higley, Braxton Huynh, Michael Martin, Kyeon Murray, Gavin Myers, Reiss Rinaldi, Eric Rubin, Nick Utan

Coaches: Brian Rubin, Brian Murray

11-12 Coed:

YYFFA Browns, Youngstown, Ohio

Players: Dontaye Bell, Javon Bell, Nicolas Bengala, Shane Lindstrom, Ashton O'Brien, Nasir O'kane, Nicolas Ryan, Ty Stricko, Tanner Stricko, Michael Wells

Coaches: Dan Stricko, Paul Lindstrom

13-14 Boys:

Tucson Turf Cardinals: Tucson, Arizona

Players: Elijah Anderson, Chase Birdsong, Bryce Cord, Aydan Guenther, Cailin Knapp, Ezekiel Marshall, Jayshawn Ross, David Scott

Coaches: Josh Ahlvin, John Carioscia

13-14 Girls:

Tucson Turf Cardinals: Tucson, Arizona

Players: Rylan Bourguet, Logan Cole, Gianna Mares, Vivana Martinez, Makayla Roebuck, Tayvn Rogers, Kyana Vieux, Kyra Vieux, Emma Villaescusa, Sophia Warrick

Coaches: Sean Roebuck, Trenton Bourguet

In 2017, more than 400,000 boys and girls ages 5-17 were part of NFL FLAG Powered by USA Football, a fun and dynamic non-contact football experience for kids that emphasizes safety, teamwork, self-esteem, discipline and goal-setting.

For more information about NFL FLAG powered by USA Football, visit: www.nflflag.com and www.usafootball.com.

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