For the first time in three years, the Longhorn football team will have a signal caller other than Hunter Walden at the controls when it takes to PHS field at 4 p.m. today (Friday) in a controlled scrimmage against Tuba City.
Senior Kyle Conway has taken over for Walden, who graduated last spring.
As the Horns' starting quarterback since his sophomore year, Walden earned just about every prep honor possible. During those years, Conway patiently waited his turn to take over as quarterback and says he's eager for the opportunity to engineer the Longhorns' power option attack.
The youngster is no stranger to the position, having played quarterback since his seventh-grade season at Rim Country Middle School.
As a top-notch rodeo calf and team roper on the verge of a pro rodeo career, the teen-ager is also no stranger to the rigors and pressure of competition.
The 1999 season doesn't kick off in earnest until Sept. 3, when Safford visits Payson, but today's scrimmage will provide fans a preview of what lies ahead for the defending state champion Longhorns.
Pass-happy Tuba City is not a state power, but for the first time since preseason drills opened on Aug. 9, the Horn players will have the opportunity to show their wares against someone other than their own teammates.
In controlled scrimmages, teams cannot wear game uniforms, no official score is kept, coaches are allowed on the field, play can be stopped to give direction and there are no kickoffs or punts.
Fans are welcome free of charge.