Cougars Look Tough During Preseason Gridiron Action

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Our neighbors to the East in the White Mountain community of Show Low saw their football season get off to an early and rousing start Friday night in Chandler.

In a season opener played one week earlier than most 3A football teams are slated to play their first games, the Cougars jumped out to a 26-0 lead over Seton Catholic, then coasted to a 39-14 win.

The win reaffirms the long-held belief that the East region is the most rugged and competitive in the 3A conference.

Although the Cougars rolled to the easy win over what was projected to be a good Seton team, preseason predictions have SL just the third best team in the East behind top-ranked Blue Ridge and second-rated Round Valley.

Seton Catholic was playing its first home night game in the history of the school. Only recently, the parochial school erected light posts so night games could be played. In past years, Seton had to travel to schools that had lights for its home games.

Prior to the game, both teams observed a moment of silence in memory of Seton's former coach and dean of students who was killed in an automobile accident last summer.

Also, the opening kickoff was delayed almost a full hour after the Cougars' bus broke down near Superior.

Payson is slated to lock horns with Show Low Oct. 26 in the regular season finale to be played in SLHS stadium.

Ugly battle

Apparently there is no love lost between the Payson High School and Phoenix Christian football teams.

The two met in a preseason scrimmage Friday on PC's home field and the event turned into an evening neither team should be proud of.

Preseason scrimmages are supposed to be low-key outings that allow coaches to assess their players before the onset of the new season. This one turned into a heated affair that had enough penalties assessed to last both teams the entire season.

After both teams jawed at each other most of the scrimmage, it was finally decided to end it early.

It's almost impossible to assess blame in those types of situations, but if either team takes that kind of conduct into the regular season, it could lead to serious consequences.

Free tickets

Doug Brackin and friends have purchased a block of 500 tickets for an upcoming Arizona State University football game that will be given away to Rim country residents.

The tickets are currently available simply for the asking at Majestic Mountain Inn. A limit of four is available to anyone living in the Rim country.

The tickets are good for ASU's season opener Sept. 8 in Sun Devil Stadium against San Diego State.

The businesses involved in purchasing the tickets are Majestic Mountain Inn, Fargo's Steakhouse, Country Kitchen Restaurant and Ponderosa Steakhouse.

The game will give football fans the opportunity to preview new ASU coach Dirk Koetter's high-powered passing offense that is projected to keep the first-down sticks moving up and down the field.

Cards' fans rejoice

The Arizona Cardinals 24-20 win over the Chicago Bears is fueling hope in the Rim country that this Arizona team is the real deal.

Oh sure, preseason wins are about as meaningful as a Fife Symington financial statement, but for win-starved Cards' fans, a 2-1 record even if it is August is cause for celebration.

Maybe, just maybe, Dave McGinnis is the coach to turn this dreadful franchise around.

If the winning continues, you can bet fans from around Rim country including Bruce Haught and Mike Loutzenheiser will be heating up the Beeline Highway on their way to Sun Devil Stadium where the Cards call home.

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