Pitted against what coach Mike Loutzenheiser called "the biggest junior varsity team I have ever seen," the Payson jayvees ran past the Prescott Badgers 48-28.
The contest Sept 25 on PHS field was highlighted by outstanding performances from defensive coordinator Jimbo Armstrong's secondary team.
Showing considerable moxie in defending Prescott's vaunted Wing-T passing game, Joe Blackburn intercepted three errant enemy aerials. Derek Hoosava picked off a Badger pass and returned for a touchdown.
Offensively, running back Shelton Keith was praised for his play that included scoring the Longhorns first touchdown of the game.
"He ran very hard," Loutzenheiser said. "He definitely had his best game of the season."
Fullback Andy Sanders and quarterback Josh Blalock also scored for Payson.
Following the hard-fought game, both Loutzenheiser and Armstrong praised the jayvees for playing with a lot of heart and emotion.
Loutzenheiser also praised Prescott as a quality football team.
With the win, the young Horns improved their record to 3-0.
The team returns to action at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Pinnacle High School in North Phoenix.
The PHS freshmen will be in action at 4 p.m. Oct. 2 on PHS field against Pinnacle.
The frosh game will be a part of the annual homecoming festivities that will take place throughout the week at Payson High.