Grab A Steak Dinner For Homecoming

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Student government at Payson High School, known as STUGO, will host a benefit steak dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria. Tickets, which are available at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu consists of grilled steak, baked potato, salad, bread and drink.

After dinner, fans and school supporters can take the short walk west to the PHS football field to take in the Blue Ridge vs. Payson game. Since the game is homecoming, there will be plenty of festivities, including the traditional crowning of the king and queen.

All proceeds from the meal benefit student government and its events, such as homecoming.

Raiders roll

The Payson Raiders youth football team is turning in a standout year in Central Arizona Youth Football Association play.

Coached by Billy Hardt, the Raiders who play in the Majors Division (11-12-years) are off to a 7-0 start and are the favorites to participate in the league championship when it is played Nov. 16 at Payson High School.

The Raiders will play their final regular season game of the year at 1 p.m. tomorrow at PHS against the Big Bug Rangers.

Stop by the football field tomorrow and throw your support behind the hard working players on the Raiders team.

They'd appreciate it.

Homecoming erratum

For a variety of reasons, homecoming football games produce more than their fair share of slip-ups and blunders.

One that jolts my memory occurred while I was coaching at Show Low High School and our team was involved in a close, hard-fought homecoming game.

At half-time, our coaching staff was ready to make several adjustments in our offensive game plan.

Our first priority was to explain the changes to the quarterback. But he was nowhere to be found. Seems he'd been elected homecoming king and was on the float that was circling SLHS field in front of cheering alumni.

Realizing the urgency of having our quarterback, I hustled on the field, pulled him off the float, and hustled him into the locker room. Of course, that brought about a chorus of boos from the alumni, students and fans.

At school the following Monday, I was proclaimed an outcast by faculty and students.

The worst mix-up I've ever heard of occurred four years ago at Round Valley High School when the Elks opponent for their homecoming game, Tuba City Grey Hills, didn't show up.

That bizarre episode left Round Valley without a homecoming game.

If memory serves me, RVHS athletic director Willis Haws was out of town when the Greyhills AD called and left a message that his team was canceling the game.

The Greyhills AD gave a lame excuse that school was in session for only half of the day on game day and some players were participating in a fair.

Haws apparently didn't get the message until the last minute and homecoming preparations went on as planned.

Round Valley celebrated a homecoming without a football game.

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