First-year head coach Jerry Rhoades will debut his Longhorn football team in passing league play tomorrow (Saturday) on the Payson High School football field.
Teams representing Tempe Marcos de Niza and Chandler Basha High School will be on hand to participate in the round robin tournament.
Basha is a newly built school that is slated to open next school year. Its coach, Tim McBurney, is a former Tempe High School coach who has been bringing his teams to Payson for passing league tournaments for about a decade.
Summer league games are played in a 7-on-7 format without interior lineman. Similar to touch football, offensive teams are restricted to passing only. In some formats, one running play per four downs is allowed.
Tomorrow's rules will not be finalized until a meeting of head coaches just before the 9 a.m. start.
Also in passing play, there are no kick offs.
The round robin will mark the first passing league action of the summer for the Payson gridiron crew. The team is slated to travel to Page in late July for another tournament.
Under the guidance of Rhoades and his staff, prospective team members have been undergoing two-a-day practices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Team members gather for weight training, stretching and conditioning at 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the PHS weight room. At the conclusion of the evening sessions, players gather on Longhorn field to practice their passing league offense.
For more information on the summer football program. call Rhoades at 474-4511.