If the Rim Country Middle School Maverick seventh-grade football team continues to play with the fervor it showed in its opener, the squad could be steaming toward a banner season.
The Mavs kicked off the White Mountain League campaign Sept. 4 in Winslow with a convincing 48-16 thumping of the homestanding Bullpups.
In the Mavericks first possession of the game, tailback Nick Goodman scored on about a 35-yard scamper that propelled RCMS out to a lead it never relinquished.
In addition to his early TD, Goodman scored two other touchdowns --ne rushing and the other on a pass from quarterback Gage Conway.
Fullback Ridge Halenar tacked on a TD run and threw a scoring pass to wide receiver Tyler Savage.
Halenar and Savage are no strangers to athletic competition. The two starred on the Payson Little League Major Division All-Star team that won the Area 1 championship last summer and advanced to the state tournament.
Mavericks Shane Keith and Steel Armstrong also scored TDs.
Defensively, the Mavericks held the Bullpups scoreless until late in the game when the outcome was no longer in doubt.
Coach Mark Henning cited Armstrong -- a defensive tackle and linebacker -- for his outstanding play in helping put the crimps on the Winslow offense.
Also drawing praise was defensive end Luke Barr. According the Henning, Barr had four sacks, two fumble recoveries and forced one fumble.
The Mavs returned to action at 3:30 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) on PHS field against the Show Low Cougars. Results were not available at press time.