Surviving a spirited second half comeback in which they outscored 27-8, the Longhorn jayvees (4-0) stayed unbeaten. whipping the homestanding Round Valley Elks 34-27.
In a traditional Thursday evening junior varsity match, the powerful Horns who've steamrolled most opponents this year jumped out to an early 26-0 lead over the outmatched Elks.
But in the second half, the jayvee coaching staff elected to give many of the freshmen players along on the trip plenty of playing time.
The freshmen did not have a game last week because Round Valley canceled its rookie program for the season.
"They told us (the cancellation) was because of some kind of problems they had over there," freshman coach David Daniels said.
With PHS freshmen seeing most of the playing time in the second half, Round Valley mounted a rally that almost produced a victory.
"After (RV) got close at the end of the game, we put all our (regulars) back in," jayvee coach Jack Morris said.
In the first half, the Payson squad left little doubt which was the superior squad.
On their first possession, fullback Josh Heglie running a smash play behind wedge blocking led by center Nathan Accord rambled 65 yards to pay dirt.
"There was a huge hole there," Morris said.
Following the ensuing kickoff, the Horn defense held RV to a three-and-out situation.
On the second offensive play after regaining possession, Longhorn tailback Logan Mileham broke free on an off-tackle power play set up by lineman Ingo Beck.
Before the RV defense could right itself, Mileham had sped 60 yards into the end zone to up the Horn lead to 14-0.
Following the game, Morris lauded the impressive offensive line.
Also drawing plaudits from the coaching staff was tight end/defensive end Jake Swartwood.
"He went both ways and had a very good game," Morris said.
The Horns will try to keep their unbeaten streak alive Thursday evening in Whiteriver against Alchesay. Game time is 6 p.m.