The Rim Country School Mavericks' eighth-grade football team opened the season in impressive fashion, romping the Holbrook Roadrunners 28-0.
Players Chris Eavenson and Aaron McRae were the highlights of the Aug. 29 White Mountain League clash.
After evaluating all the players' performances, coach Rory Huff named Eavenson the defensive player of the game. McRae, a running back, was named the offensive player of the game.
The Mavericks lit up the scoreboard midway through the first quarter on a 15-yard dart by McRae.
B. J. Welsh tallied on a two-point conversion run to up the count to 8-0.
On the Mavs' next possession, quarterback Eric Santana broke loose on a 31-yard run to set up a five-yard TD scamper by McRae. The two-point conversion pass failed.
Only one possession later, Santana hooked up with wide receiver Miles Huff on a pass-run play that took the Mavs to the two-yard line. Again McRae scored the TD.
After a failed conversion, the Mavericks led 20-0 at halftime.
Holbrook took possession of the second half kickoff only to have their returner cough up the ball on a jarring tackle by Chris Bilyk and Jason Sweet.
After recovering the fumble, Payson went on a scoring drive that culminated in a TD pass from Santana to Jason Sweet. Welch was successful on the one-point conversion run to up the RCMS cushion to 28 points.
In addition to citing Eavenson and McRae for their efforts, coaches singled out the offensive line of Mike Young, Brice Moran, Chris Eavenson, Mike Blaylock, Nathan Arrington and Brandon Simon.
"They should be congratulated for their excellent play on the line,"coach Huff said.