The Rim Country Middle School Maverick eighth-grade football team wrapped up the 2002 campaign with a 24-6 White Mountain League win over the Round Valley Elks.
Played Oct. 3 at Payson High School, the Mavs turned in what coach Rory Huff called "our best game of the year."
The entire team, he said, "came to play and everybody contributed to the win."
Payson jumped on top of RV in the second quarter when Eric Santana scored on a quarterback keeper and Aaron McRae ran in a two-point conversion.
Round Valley rebounded with a TD of its own on a trick halfback pass to an open wide receiver.
In the closing seconds of the first half, Santana and McRae again scored, to propel the Mavs to a 16-6 lead.
Santana's bootleg run around end was the only TD of the second half.
Following the game, coaches tapped Santana the offensive player of the game. Bryson Addington and Zack Rodgers were named defensive players of the game.
One week prior to the win over RV, the Mavericks dropped a 20-14 decision to Alchesay in Whiteriver.
"We ran into a very big and well-coached team," Huff said.
After a scoreless first half, the Mavericks got on the scoreboard with a pair of TD romps by McRae. Later, he was named offensive player of the game. Porter Wilbanks and Keith Levesque shared the defensive honor.