A pair of Chandler teams faced off Saturday in the national championship game in the junior peewee I-AA division of the American Youth Football league.
In the end, it was the Packers who emerged as the national champion, using a stifling defense and two rushing touchdowns from Dalton Krum to beat the Cavaliers 13-6 at Sunnyside High School in Tucson.
The teams were made up of players ages 9-11 and the junior peewee age group was broken into two divisions with eight teams in each playoff. The tournament featured teams from Arizona, Florida, Rhode Island, Illinois, Connecticut, New York and California. The Packers, who went 10-2-1 this season, came into the finals with two shutouts, 26-0 over a team from Homewood-Flossmoor, Ill., and 6-0 over the Tempe Grizzlies.
Krum's second touchdown was set up when he intercepted a pass and returned it deep into Cavalier territory. The Packers added an extra point on a pass from Brandon Marxman to B'Amani Grayer to take a 13-0 lead.
The Cavaliers pulled closer with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Paul Elvira to Cole Luke. The Cavaliers got the ball back with 45 seconds left but could not generate any offense against the Packers defense, which was led by Josh Kuzara, who also had an interception, Nate Phillips, Tres Tarwater and Curtis Hall.
The Packers are coached by David Marxman.