3 Horns Tapped To All-Star Clash


In a voting of Arizona Coaches Association members, a trio of stalwarts off the 1999 Longhorn football team were chosen to participate in the annual North vs. South All-Star game.

The honorees include Justin Kaufmann, Jimbo Armstrong and Cade Bradley.

The trio will be members of the North team when the celestial clash is contested June 16 in Casa Grande.

It will be the first ACA All-Star game ever played in Casa Grande. In previous years, games were held at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher and at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Throughout the 1999 campaign, Kaufmann fueled the power running game of the Longhorn offense. As the starting fullback, he was Payson's leading rusher accumulating 623 yards on 157 carries. He averaged four yards per carry, unleashed a longest run of 43 yards and scored seven touchdowns.

Armstrong and Bradley excelled on the opposite side of the ball. As leaders on defensive coordinator Mike Wheelis' bandit squad, the two were tried and true defenders.

Both won all division honors as juniors but were even more imposing this year.

Bradley spent much of his high school career as a standup defensive end in the Longhorns' odd-front D. This season, he drew playing time as an inside linebacker.

As inside linebacker, Armstrong was a force for opposing offenses to block. Coaches shifted him on occasions to noseguard in an effort to wreak havoc on foe's game plans.

In addition to excelling in football, Armstrong competes in wrestling and is a strong candidate to win the 189-pound Class 3A state crown when it is decided Feb. 12.

Bradley is also a diamond standout for the defending state champion Longhorn baseball team.

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