Mavericks Sweep Four From Whiteriver

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It was a good day in the White Mountain League neighborhood for the Rim Country Middle School football and softball teams.

All four of the squads emerged victorious Oct. 2 in games against the Whiteriver Roughriders.

In Whiteriver, the RCMS eighth-grade football team picked up its second win of the season, whipping the Riders 36-14. The victory was fueled by the power running of tailback Taylor Johnson who scored three touchdowns. On a flanker reverse, Troy Brown tacked on an insurance TD.

In seventh-grade action at Payson High School, the undefeated RCMS football squad had its biggest test of the season in an 18-0 win over Whiteriver.

The seventh-grade football team has steamrolled most of its opponents this season. But against Whiteriver, the young gridders were pitted against a team that featured several players larger than those that play for the Longhorn varsity team.

Also in Whiteriver, the eighth-grade Lady Mavs softball team thumped the Roughriders 22-2. Starting pitcher Laci Sommars and reliever Jessica Hudon paced the Lady Mavs to the win. Katie Calhoun and Hannah Armenta paced the RCMS offensive with several hits each.

"It was our toughest game," running back Nick Goodman said. Gage Conway, Shane Keith and Goodman all scored in the Maverick victory.

The seventh-grade softball team ran past the Riders 12-4. Christina Deaton picked up the pitching win.

The RCMS football teams wrap up the WML campaign Oct. 9 against Snowflake. The eighth-grade team will host the Lobos at 3:30 p.m. and the seventh-grade team travels to Lobo land.

The Mavericks softball teams also play Snowflake Oct. 9, but those seasons won't conclude until postseason tournaments are held Oct 11 (seventh-grade in Show Low) and Oct 16 (eighth-grade in Snowflake).

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