Area youths captured honors at the Arizona Cardinals' annual NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass & Kick competition hosted by Payson Parks & Recreation Department on Oct. 8 at Payson High School.
These youngsters earned first place honors in their respective age groups:
Age 8/9 Jocie Udall Payson 77
Age 10/11 Shalyn Cline Payson 73
Age 12/13 Amy Wilcox Payson 186
Age 14/15 Holly Purtee Payson 175
Age 8/9 Nicolas Creighton Payson 146
Age 10/11 Shaun Christensen Payson 222
Age 12/13 Garrett Stanley Payson 232
Age 14/15 Waylon Pettet Payson 358
These eight winners now will move on to a Sectional Competition, to be held Nov. 13 in Flagstaff. They could qualify for the Team Championship competition, to be held at Sun Devil Stadium in conjunction with the Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles game.
The NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass & Kick football competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing and placekicking with scores based on distance and accuracy.
A number of current NFL players have competed in Punt, pass & Kick, including record-setting quarterback Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins.
The NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass & Kick competition is produced by NFL Properties and sponsored by Gatorade. The program-support sponsor is Franklin Sports.