Horns Gore Holbrook For Homecoming


The score reached 39-0 early in the fourth quarter, prompting PHS football coach Jim Beall to declare enough is enough; the Roadrunners are a thoroughly beaten team.

With reserves on the field most of the last stanza, the Horns waltzed to the homecoming victory Friday evening in front of a raucous crowd in PHS stadium.

Holbrook eventually rallied in the final minutes to close the final count to 39-15, but it was too-little-too-late for the bedraggled Runners.

The encounter was never predicted to be a hard-nosed, smash-mouth gridiron battle and the game lived up to its lowly billing as the defending state champion Longhorns ran roughshod all over the fallen-on-hard-times Roadrunners.

The best thing that can be said about the blow-out is that it goes down in the divisional standings as a "W" and keeps the Horns undefeated (3-0) in East action.

The game also sets the stage for the roughest stretch of the Longhorns' season. In the next three weeks, Payson will host Snowflake (Oct. 15), travel to Blue Ridge (Oct. 22) and wrap up the season with a visit to Show Low (Oct. 29).

Hanging in the balance during the stint will be an East Division championship and an advantageous seed to the state tournament set to begin Nov. 5.

Whippin' the Runners

The win over the Roadrunners could be highlighted as a coming-out party for two PHS seniors who were looking for the right opportunity to get untracked.

Quarterback Kyle Conway and running back Timmy Bunting both turned in the type of performances the team will need if it is to be successful in the upcoming trio of gut-check games.

He threw only four passes, but Conway -- who was hampered during the practice week with a hip injury --turned in the best performance of the season completing three for 166 yards and no interceptions.

One of his completions -- which came with 10:34 remaining in the second quarter --was a 78-yard scoring strike to slot back Dusty Brockett.

The TD pushed the Horns out to a 6-0 lead breaking a first quarter scoring drought.

Conway also connected with wide out Scotty Garduno on a 35-pass and 53-yards to tight end Joe Skeens.

In addition to his success through the airways, Conway carried once for an 11-yard gain.

After missing the first two games of the season, Bunting struggled to regain the form he showed last year when he was an all-division performer and one of the most gifted running backs in the 3A conference.

With 7:25 remaining in the second quarter, the youngster returned to his form of old on a 58-yard scoring scamper.

He tacked on another TD run -- an eight-yard jaunt -- with 8:11 to go in the third that upped the count to 24-0.

The touchdowns were Bunting's first scores of the 1999 campaign.

The speedy tailback eventually finished with a season-high 95 rushing yards on 11 attempts.

In addition to the performances of Conway and Bunting, the Horns received solid contributions from several other players, noticeably senior linebacker Jimbo Armstrong who helped stymie the Roadrunner running attack.

Armstrong's feats drew praise from assistant coaches Jason Sweeney ("He played a great game") and Jack Morris ("He dominated").

Scoring leader

Brockett also shined offensively, tacking a 54-yard scoring run onto his earlier TD completion from Conway.

With 56 points, Brockett is far-and-away the Horns individual scoring leader.

Reserve quarterback Kacy Parker did his share for the Horn cause early in the fourth quarter, breaking loose on a 70-yard TD run that lifted the PHS cushion to 39-0 and hammered the nail into the Roadrunner coffin.

On the play, Parker juggled the snap from center, but recovered in time to set sail around left end on an option play. Finding no one to option to, Parker tucked the pigskin and scampered into the end zone with an escort from guard Greg Davis.

Jayvee and freshman Horns remain undefeated

The PHS Jayvees, coached by Jason Sweeney and Jack Morris, pushed their record to 5-0 with a 14-0 victory over the Roadrunners Thursday evening in Holbrook.

Quarterback Ky Bradley and Alex Cortez scored for the junior Horns. Defensively, Rocky Beery shined at nose guard, coaches say.

Sweeney labeled the victory an outstanding team performance.

In freshman action also in Holbrook, coach Lane Stratton's plebes remained undefeated after jumping out to a 54-0 lead in the third quarter and the coasting to an easy victory.

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