'Stugo' Steak Dinner Friday

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Student government at Payson High School also know as "Stugo" will be sponsoring a benefit steak dinner as part of this evening's homecoming activities. The meal will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria. The menu consists of the usual steak, potato, beans, salad and beverage. Priced at only $5 for adults, $3 for children, the dinner is a great bargain.

Drop by the RCMS cafeteria to enjoy the meal, then head on over to PHS stadium and cheer the Longhorns on to victory. Tickets are available from any student government officer or at the door.

Air Snowflake

Fans planning on attending this evening's homecoming showdown against Snowflake will probably be in store for an aerial circus.

At least on the part of Snowflake.

Word out of Lobo land is that this year's edition of Lobos thrives on throwing the ball. Snowflake coaches probably decided to air the ball out mainly because they have highly talented quarterback Porter Caldwell available.

In a 46-14 win over Holbrook last week, Caldwell was almost unstoppable. Completing 13 of 23 passes for 284 yards, he also threw four touchdowns, and 208 yards of his passing came in the first half when the Lobos were building an insurmountable lead.

Caldwell's favorite target most of the early season has been speedy wide receiver Josh Jacobean, who has built a reputation for having excellent hands. Caldwell also likes to throw often to another wideout Bryan Elkins.

Scouting reports reveal that the weakness of the Lobos could be a small, inexperienced line.

The Lobos enter the game sporting a 3-1 record.

Power ranks

With the new power ranking system in force in the 3A conference, the outcome of tonight's game looms large for both the Lobos and the Longhorns. A win would boost either team's chances for a playoff berth, because it would boost the champ's power ranking. Teams with highest rankings at season's end are seeded into the state tournament.

Currently, undefeated Blue Ridge (4-0) probably leads the power ranking that are not officially tabulated until the end of the season. Also in the mix are Coolidge (4-0), Show Low (5-0), Wickenburg (4-0, Seton (3-1), River Valley (3-10) and others.

With a 2-2 record, Payson is probably lingering around a 10th-place ranking.

Angling team

Roundup sports columnist and local fishing guide Clifford Pirch hooked up with his wife Alicia to finish sixth at the AllStar Bass SuperCouple Championships held Sept. 22 and 23 at Roosevelt Lake. The two weighed in 14.94 pounds of bass.

First-place honors were caught by Judy Chaney of Tucson and Carrol Shrieve of Roosevelt. The two landed 27.90 pounds of fish. The pair received the keys to a 2001 Stratos 20SS Extreme bass boat, rigged with a Evinrude 225 Ram Injection outboard motor. Also included was a Stratos Trail trailer, two digital depth finders and a global positioning system. The prize package was valued at $39,000.

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