Football Clash Pits Neighbor Against Neighbor

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Last week's gridiron play was mostly anticlimactic for Central Arizona Youth Football Association players and coaches.

The lack of intensity was probably due to the fact all of the Payson-area teams were paired up against one another.

For most, the day turned out to be neighbor vs. neighbor-type of confrontations.

The Raiders staked claim to the title of Payson's best by thumping the Eagles 28-6. According to youth coaches, the Eagles were able to stop the Raiders from scoring on several attempts, but the running power of B.J. Hill (170 yards, 2 TDs) and Cody York (133 yards, 1 TD) was too much for the Eagle defense to contain.

Cameron Batty also scored a TD for the Raiders and Jordan Hinton tacked on a two-point conversion. The Raiders defense was led by David Weaver, coaches said.

In other CAYFA games, the Cowboys shutout the Wildcats 14-0 and the Bears beat the Bucs 18-0.

Randalls fish to honors

The fishing team of Pine's Jake Randall and Buddy Randall of Payson finished fifth at the AllStar Bass SuperTeam tournament held Sept.19 and 20 at Roosevelt Lake. The Rim country anglers weighed in a catch that tipped the scales at 12.37 pounds.

The tournament champs, Lyle Dalby of Apache Junction and Jeff Mason of Gilbert, caught two six-fish limits that weighed 8.50 and 15.98 pounds.

For the win, the pair received a fully equipped Stratos 285XL bass boat rigged with a Yamaha outboard and state of the art electronics.

According to AllStar officials, some tournament anglers had good luck fishing a variety of crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics in the 6- to 12-foot depths near Goose Flats and the Tonto Creek arm.

The biggest bass caught during the two days was a 4.78-pound largemouth taken by the team of Dean Kreuzer and Sam Schattenberg.

Next on the AllStar agenda is a team tournament slated for Oct. 4. Call (480) 894-2775 for more information.

Horn runners ranked

The latest top-20 cross country team rankings compiled by arizonatrack.com has the Longhorn boys ranked 20th in the state. The rankings include schools of all sizes -- 1A to 5A. The No. 1 team is Tucson Catalina Foothills, a 4A school. Tempe Desert Vista is ranked second and Page third.

Page is a member of the same Grand Canyon region in which the Longhorns compete.

Almost all of the PHS cross country runners, including the Lady Longhorns, showed marked improvement at the Four Corners Invitational held Sept. 20 at Flagstaff Buffalo Park.

The runners had competed over the same 3.1-mile course Sept. 20 in the Four Corners meet.

Brian Langeliers ran a 17.54 at Peaks and a 17:06 at Four Corners. Jennie Cohen improved her times from Peaks to Four Corners by 42 seconds. Joe Behrens was 53 seconds quicker at Four Corners than he was at Peaks. The greatest improvement, 1 minute and 52 seconds, was turned in by jayvee runner Lacymae Myers.

During the practice week, coach Chuck Hardt praised the runners for their hard work that led to the improvements.

No flags

The inaugural NFL Youth Flag Football program that was to be held this fall has been canceled by the Parks and Recreation Department. Recreation Coordinator Teddy Pettet says there wasn't enough interest in the league, especially among the middle school age youngsters, to continue with the program.

Parks and Rec plans on trying again next fall to host the program. According to Pettet, the league will be more heavily promoted than it was this year and the registration period will be longer.

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