Payson High School junior Tyler Williams joined me Friday for a mid-morning jog around the Payson High School track.
It's always fun to be around Tyler because he's such a quality young man and his sense of humor keeps friends in stitches.
During this jog, he appeared unusually serious. I chalked up his demeanor to the fact he was preparing himself mentally for that evening's homecoming game against unbeaten Pinnacle. Tyler probably knew that the game would be the most important one he played in his young career.
During the jog, Tyler said he firmly believed he was going to have a huge game.
The "Blunt" plays he runs behind quick tackle, he said, were going to be open against Pinnacle's four-man front. Tyler also said he was determined to turn in a outstanding defensive performance.
True to his word, Tyler turned in a superb game on both sides of the ball. At game's end, he was the Longhorn's leading rusher with more than 100 yards. More than 40 of those came on a blunt play near the end of the hard-fought game when the Longhorns were trying to protect a three-point lead.
It's efforts like Tyler's and those of his teammates that have the Longhorns state-ranked with a 5-0 record. Not only are the Longhorns good athletes, they also are solid young men that are a credit to their families, school and community.
Marriage on the Rim
Throngs of former Longhorns gathered Saturday afternoon at La Cienega Ranch east of Payson for the marriage of Cable Morris to Jennen Schrum.
Many of the players that were on the Longhorns' 1998 state football championship team with Cable attended. Also in the audience were ex-PHS coaches Jim Beall and Curt LeBlanc. Many of Cable and Jennen's other former teachers and coaches also were there. Justice of the Peace Ronnie McDaniel married the former PHS athletes.
Due to the newlyweds college commitments, the couple won't take a honeymoon until the spring.
The Payson High School track and cross country teams will soon begin their annual sale of the highly popular discount cards. The cards are $10 each and allow the holder to claim discounts and bargains at various Payson businesses. This new card might be the most beneficial that's been produced in the history of the promotion.
The business participating include Bell Deli and Grill, Burger King, Cousins, Famous Sams, El Rancho, Dairy Queen, Flowers by June, Fletcher Tire, Manzanita Cyclery, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Factory, Payson Athletic Club, Pizza Hut, Planet Video, Rim Country Lanes and Summit Silk Screen.
All proceeds from the sale of the discount cards benefit the cross country and track and field teams.