The Payson Longhorns now know why the Blue Ridge Yellow Jacket football factory is unbeaten, top-ranked and a huge favorite to win its second successive state championship.
Friday's 64-0 win over the visiting Payson Longhorns was just another of the old-fashioned rear-end kickings coach Paul Moro's Jackets have administered this season.
With the loss, the Horns fall to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the East region.
There was no good news in the Horns defeat, but by virtue of two East wins this season, the team can look forward to a berth in the state tournament when it begins Nov. 2.
The Horns are guaranteed at least a fourth-place seed to state, but could improve it to third with a win Friday in a regular season-ending clash against Show Low. Game time is 7 p.m. in Show Low stadium.
The game is preceded Thursday in Payson by freshman and jayvee games. Kick off for the freshman showdown is 4:30 p.m. The jayvee game will be played after, about 6:30 p.m.
In the loss to the Jackets, the Horns were stung early and often by the Moro connection. Quarterback Alex Moro hooked up with brother Adam six times for 188 yards and two touchdowns. The youngsters are the sons of Blue Ridge's head coach. Alex Moro finished the evening with nine completions in 13 attempts for 287 yards.
After falling behind 20-0 in the first quarter and 36-0 at halftime, the Horns were never in contention.