Payson High School football stalwarts Jake Swartwood and Waylon Pettet have earned the greatest state honors that can be bestowed on a prep player.
In a meeting of members of the Arizona Coaches Association last week, the pair were chosen to play in the annual North vs. South All-Star game.
With their selection, the two join the ranks of former Longhorn stars who were chosen for the classic. Among the past PHS all-stars are Curt Rambo, Greg Armstrong, Mark Velasco, Carl Whittle, Mark Hochstettler, Matt Rambo, Chad Martin and Mark Hanna.
The 2002 game will be played either June 6 or 7 at Casa Grande High School. The game is played annually as part of the ACA convention that is also held in Casa Grande.
The two will be members of the North team to be coached by Winslow's Matt Gracey.
Pettet was chosen to the team as an automatic selection because he was earlier named the East Region's "Offensive Player of the Year." Each year, the recipient of that honor receives a guaranteed berth into the star game.
Swartwood was selected to the team in a voting of coaches.
As a running back in the Longhorns' Wing-T offense, Pettet rushed last season for 1,270 yards on 128 carries. His 8.6-yards-per-carry average and 12 touchdowns scored made him a threat any time he touched of the ball.
Through the airways, Pettet had 22 receptions for 405 yards and five touchdowns. On special teams, he returned 14 kickoffs for 410 yards and two touchdowns.
Swartwood was voted to the North team as a defensive end. Playing a stand-up position in the Horns' 53 defense, his many responsibilities included containing sweeps, counters and reverses.
At 6-feet, 3-inches and 180 pounds, Swartwood had the size to harass the quarterback and swat down pass attempts. He finished the season third on the team in tackles with 36.
In addition to starring on the football team, Swartwood is a member of the Longhorn basketball team and has participated in track and field.