Youth Football's Eagles, Cardinals Remain Undefeated


A pair of Payson teams stayed undefeated in Central Arizona Youth Football Association action Saturday at Payson High School when the Payson Eagles clipped the Cottonwood Outlaws 26-0 and the Payson Minor Cardinals thumped the Payson Cowboys 28-0.

Both victors are now 4-0 on the season.

In the Eagles win, Cash Armstrong helped the Payson squad out to a 2-0 first-quarter lead recording a safety. In the second quarter, two touchdown runs by Pete Hargis upped the Payson lead to 20-0.

For the Payson Minor Cardinals, B.J. Hill led the scoring parade with two touchdowns that got the high-flyin' birds out to a 14-0 first-quarter cushion. Later, Robert Walker and Carter Connolly tacked on insurance scores. Shane Keith converted a two-point conversion after the final TD.

The offense was prolific, but coach Mark Henning cited the play of the defense as "awesome."

Major Cardinals also win

The Payson Cardinals of the Major Division improved their record to 1-2-1 with a 48-8 triumph over the Prescott Wolverines.

The Cardinals wasted no time jumping on the scoreboard, scoring on their first drive after a penalty on the kickoff had set them back inside the 25-yard line. James Gibson scored the TD on an eight-yard quarterback keeper around end. Tyler Williams set up the score with a pair of catches for 47 yards and an end run of 21 yards.

The Wolverines came roaring back minutes later to score a TD and two-point conversion.

Gibson returned the ensuing kickoff 71 yards for a TD which gave Payson a lead they would never relinquish.

Before the Cardinal onslaught was over, Gibson had scored three more touchdowns and Mark McRae one.

Following the game, coaches cited the play of all the Cardinals who dominated the defensive line of the Prescott Wolverines.

Outstanding blocking honors went to Ryan Thiel and Williams. Brian Echols had a fumble recovery.

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