Horns Left Out Of All-Arizona Selection


Not a single Payson High School player received recognition when The Arizona Republic named its All-Arizona football teams Sunday morning.

The teams which included first, second and third offensive and defensive squads, as well as a comprehensive honorable mention list are chosen at the end of the season by the newspaper's sports reporters with input from high school coaches.

Because the All-Arizona teams include players from all school size classifications 1A through 5A the competition for recognition is stiff.

Most of the star slots went to athletes representing big schools in the metropolitan Phoenix area. But, there were small school athletes who were acknowledged.

Lakeside Blue Ridge's Adam Moro was tapped to the first-team defense and Class 2A Thatcher running back Sean Hinton was chosen third-team offense.

Also, Blue Ridge lineman Jonny Antoni, St. Johns' Chaz White and Quinton McCoy of Valley Christian were selected to the third-team "O." St. Johns and Valley Christian are 2A schools.

On the third team defense were Jason Voss (Valley Christian), Michael Romney (Thatcher) and Randy Youtsey (Coolidge).

Among the small school players receiving honorable mention recognition were Quinton Bellamy (Bourgade), Stephen DaSilva (Phoenix Day School for the Deaf), Bowdie Gill (St. David), Waldo Gutierrez (Morenci), Cole Hamlett (Queen Creek), Israel Ybarra (Santa Cruz), Brandon Issac (Phoenix Christian), Alex Moro (Blue Ridge), Nick Pecora (Wickenburg) and Johnny Mosley (Coolidge).

Adam Moro was named the small school player of the year and his father, Paul Moro of Blue Ridge, the small school coach of the year.

Left out

If the Longhorns had legitimate contenders for the All-Arizona team, they would include Levi Armstrong, Levi Amon and Ky Bradley. But, none were acknowledged.

All three Payson High School seniors were chosen first team All-East and also selected to participate in the Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game next summer.

Armstrong was the Longhorns' leading rusher last season with 1,138 yards. His 5.9-yards-per-carry average put him in the company of the state's best running backs.

From his linebacker slot, Amon led the Longhorns in assisted tackles with 59.

Bradley led the team in solo tackles with 15 and had a team-high three interceptions.

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