Final Stats Lead To Postseason Honors

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The winter sports of basketball and wrestling are under way at Payson High, but in terms of football the 1998 Class 3A state champion Longhorns can kick back and reap the postseason rewards of an unblemished campaign.

A bevy of front-line players will be eligible for All-Central Division honors when the results of voting by coaches is announced next week.

A few of Payson's best might be included on the All-State or All-Arizona teams compiled by the Arizona Republic newspaper, with input from high school coaches.

That team is announced following the culmination of the Class 5A season in three weeks.

Senior Longhorns are eligible to participate in the Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game that is played each summer. The celestial squad will be tapped by ACA member coaches next month.

Finally, a handful of seniors might opt to participate in the Down Under Bowl which is played each summer in Australia.

Coaches select players for the game based on citizenship, character and playing ability.

In coaches voting for most all of the post-season honors, state championship teams traditionally receive the greatest attention which bodes well for the local players.

Another plus for the Payson athletes is that accomplishments and achievements on the field feed into the postseason selection equation.

The 1998 team and several of the individual players boasted impressive statistics.

They include:
PHS 1998 FOOTBALL RESULTS
9/5 - Chino Valley Cougars at Chino Valley

Payson 18 - Chino Valley 6
9/11 - Camp Verde Cowboys at Camp Verde
Payson 74 - Camp Verde 12
9/18 - Miami Vandals at Payson
Payson 69 - Miami 0
9/25 - Cactus Shadows at Cactus Shadows
Payson 32 - Cactus Shadows 0
10/2 Globe Tigers at Payson
Payson 52 - Globe 0
10/9 - Fountain Hills at Fountain Hills
Payson 53 - Fountain Hills 14
10/16 - Boys Ranch Spartans at Payson
Payson 31 - Boys Ranch 12
10/23 - Eloy Dust Devils at Eloy
Payson 21 - Eloy 14
10/30 - Coolidge Bears at Payson
Payson 14 - Coolidge 7
11/6 - Wickenburg Wranglers at Payson
Payson 53 - Wickenburg 13
11/13 - Show Low Cougars at MCC
Payson 22 - Show Low 14
11/20 - Safford Bulldogs at MCC
Payson 27 - Safford 6
11/28 - Blue Ridge at MCC
Payson 29 - Blue Ridge 20
Totals
Payson 495 - Opponents 118
Per Game Average
Payson 38 - Opponents 9
Individual offensive statistics

Rushing
Tim Bunting - Att 139 - Yds 1004 - Avg 7.2 - PGA 77.2

Cable Morris - Att 136 - Yds 628 - Avg 4.6 - PGA 48.3

Hunter Walden - Att 89 - Yds 485 - Avg 5.4 - PGA 37.3

Passing
Hunter Walden - Att 144 - Cmp 77 - Yds 438 - Int 5

Kyle Conway - Att 10 - Cmp 4 - Yds 37 - Int 2

Receiving
Josh Barnhart - Rec 22 - Yds 320 - Avg 14.5 - PGA 24.6

Marc Bennett - Rec 14 - Yds 364 - Avg 26.0 - PGA 28.0

Jeremy Hoff - Rec 11 - Yds 208 - Avg 18.9 - PGA 16.0

Punt Returns
Jimmy Canez - Att 21 - Yds 300 - Avg 14.3

Jeremy Hoff - Att 4 - Yds 69 - Avg 17.3

Kick Returns
Tim Bunting - Att 8 - Yds 246 - Avg 30.8

Cable Morris - Att 5 - Yds 67 - Avg 13.4

All Purpose Yards
Tim Bunting - Total 1303 - PGA 100.2
Cable Morris - Total 807 - PGA 62.1
Josh Barnhart - Total 704 - PGA 54.2
Punts
Josh Barnhart - Att 20 - Yds 703 - Avg 35.2

Kickoffs
Josh Barnhart - Att 65 - Yds 358 - Avg 55.2

Extra-Point Kicking
Josh Barnhart - A/ 49 - M/ 39 - % 80
Individual scoring
Josh Barnhart - 107
Tim Bunting - 102
Hunter Walden - 90
Individual Defensive Statistic

Solo Tackles
Ryan Lorentz - 22
Jimbo Armstrong - 19
Justin Davis - 19
Jeremy Hoff - 14
Jimmy Canez - 14
Eric Hilgendorf - 13
Assists
Jimbo Armstrong - 129
Ryan Lorentz - 111
Justin Davis - 71
Mike Barker - 63
Eric Hilgendorf - 53
Quarterback Sacks
Eric Hilgendorf - 4
Jimbo Armstrong - 3
Interceptions
Jeremy Hoff - 7
Jason Carroll - 5
Fumbles Caused
Brian Cork - 2
Ryan Lorentz - 2
Justin Davis - 2
Fumble Recoveries
Justin Davis - 2
Mike Barker - 2
Justin Kaufmann - 2
Passes Broken Up
Ryan Lorentz - 4
Brian Cork - 4
Jimmy Canez - 3
Quarterback Hurries
Craig McClanahan - 9
Ryan Lorentz - 8
Justin Davis - 7

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