Longhorns Scrimmage In Eagar Aug. 31


Doubleheaders and tripleheaders are not uncommon in sports. But a football quadruple-header is nearly unheard of.

Although four back-to-back games are infrequent, that is exactly what the Payson Longhorns will be involved in Aug. 31 at the Round Valley High School dome in Eagar.

As part of an Arizona Interscholastic Association game officials' clinic that will take place in Eagar, Round Valley will host four back-to-back controlled scrimmages that kick off at 9 a.m. with Round Valley hosting Window Rock.

Action continues at 11:30 a.m. when Pusch Ridge challenges Pinon.

At 2 p.m., Payson and Monument Valley clash.

The day wraps up at 4:30 p.m. when Alchesay takes on Valley Sanders.

All of the contests are played under the rules of preseason controlled scrimmages. That means no score is to be kept, coaches can be on the playing field, there are no kickoffs or punts and play can be stopped for coaches to give instruction.

The scrimmages will be officiated by the referees, umpires and head linesmen who will be participating in the clinic.

The Horns' preseason scrimmage was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Payson High School against Phoenix Christian. Last month, that scrimmage was canceled for unknown reasons and the event was rescheduled for Round Valley.

The day of preseason football will offer at least two opportunities for coaches, fans and players. Those who arrive early enough to watch the 9 a.m. contest will see former Payson High School coach Shaun Hardt make his debut as the Elks head football coach. Hardt resigned his teaching and coaching positions in the Payson District this year to take over the RV program.

Also the day of football will give locals a peak at two of Payson's East region rivals Alchesay and Round Valley.

"It'll be a chance to scout them," Horn defensive coordinator Mike Loutzenheiser said.

Once the regular season begins Sept. 5 against visiting St. Johns, Rim country fans will find a few changes in store.

No longer will they be able to bring their lawn chairs and lounges and sit on the PHS track to view games. Due to the construction of the new artificial surface track at PHS, that area will be closed. Fans can, however, sit behind the chain link fence around the field.

Also, once spectators pay the admission charge they will be allowed to sit on the paved road that leads up to Wilson Dome on the south side of the field, athletic director Dave Bradley said.

Although those seats are further away from the field, they will afford spectators nice views from the top.

Admission this year is $4 for adults and $3 for students.

Call 474-2233 for more information.

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