Horns Soar Over Falcons


Unleashing a prolific passing attack that piled up 278 yards, the Payson Longhorns racked up their first East Region win of the season, defeating the Alchesay Falcons 34-6.

The win upped the Horns' regular season record to 3-2, but most importantly evened the team's East slate to 1-1.

Quarterback Ky Bradley performing in front of a homecoming crowd in Longhorn stadium turned in his best passing performance of his varsity career, completing 13 of 19 passes, two of which went for touchdowns.

The junior signal caller's first scoring strike a 43-yard aerial to sophomore wing back Waylon Pettet jump-started the Horns to an early 6-0 lead. Dusty Brockett's PAT upped the count to 7-0 with 10:25 remaining in the first quarter.

Bradley uncorked his second TD aerial of the game midway through the third quarter. The 15-yard strike to wide out Scotty Garduno increased the Horns lead to 20-6.

Airing out the ball against the outmanned Falcons was a conscious effort by the PHS coaches. "We liked the odds of our receivers against their defensive backs," first-year head coach Mike Wheelis said.

On the occasions the Longhorn coaching staff opted to abandon the airways and keep the ball on ground, Levi Armstrong was usually called upon to tote the pigskin.

The senior tailback finished with 58 yards on 20 carries including two touchdowns. Armstrong's first score a 5-yard run came with 7:54 remaining in the second quarter. Late in the third stanza, he increased the count to 27-6 scoring on a 15-yard run.

Fullback Steve Williamson got into the scoring act late in the game, tallying an insurance TD on a one-yard run. Williamson, most often a blocking back in the Horns' power option offense, finished with 46 yards on 10 carries.

The Horns rushing total of 126 yards doesn't smack any resemblance of Vince Lombardi's sweep-happy Green Bay Packers. But coupled with Bradley's aerial proficiency, it provided Payson with a well-rounded offense that produced 404 yards.

Defensively, the Longhorns had their way with Alchesay limiting the Falcons to a paltry 65 yards of total offense.

Probably the most successful unit on the Horn "D" was the defensive backfield that held the Falcons to one completion in 10 attempts. That catch was good for just three yards.

Manning the backfield slots were safeties Waylon Pettet and Shaun Hounshell, as well as corners Caleb Miller and Garduno.

Bradley also saw plenty of action as a back-up safety.

Next up, the Horns will focus on picking up their second East victory of the season Friday evening in Holbrook.

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