Teammates Share Memories Of 1986 Football Game


It was exciting to see several former teammates of the late Jack Morris turn out for the Memorial Golf Tournament June 19 at Payson Golf Course.

Dr. Eric Anderson, Mike Loutzenheiser, Russ Cubbison, Mark Velasco and Ty Goodman were among the members of the Longhorns' 1986 state runner-up team who were on hand for the tournament.

Velasco, Morris' best friend since elementary school, drove down from his home in Flagstaff.

As I wrote in the June 15 sportstalk column, Velasco played a prank on Loutzenheiser in which he repeatedly played a radio broadcast from a 1986 game against Phoenix Bourgade.

In the game, Loutzenheiser -- playing wide receiver -- dropped a sure touchdown pass from Goodman. From the time Velasco and I picked up Loutzenheiser until we reached PGC, the tape continually played.

Velasco, who played guard, remembered the play well.

"I knocked my man down and Goodman had no pressure," he said. "So, I just looked up and was ready to watch the touchdown play. I'll bet Goodman was thinking ‘I wish I had one of my linemen out there (at wide receiver). They could have caught that ball.'"

I bet someday Loutzenheiser and Velasco will be old men sitting on their porch, talking to grandchildren and Velasco will still be chiding his teammate about the TD that almost was.

Football sign-up

Payson Youth Football will hold a player and cheerleader registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 10 in the conference room of the Arizona Public Service at 400 W. Longhorn Road.

Parents need to bring a copy of their child's birth certificate to registration. Children ages 6 to 13 years old are eligible to participate. The registration fee for football is $70. For cheerleading, it is $50.

Camp on tap

New Payson High School volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is teaming with the parks and recreation department to host a youth volleyball camp July 6 to 9 in Wilson Dome. Sessions will be held each day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is open to fledgling players entering sixth through ninth grades. Registration can be completed at the parks and recreation department.

Stonebrink also will host a high school camp for players trying out for Lady Longhorn teams Aug. 2 to 6 in Wilson Dome. Sessions will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The registration fee is $1. Call the high school at (928) 474-2233 for more information.

Physicals needed

For reasons beyond the control of Payson High School, physical examinations were not offered this spring. That means athletes must schedule their own appointments with their doctor to have the required physical exams.

Before athletes will be allowed to practice any sport, they must have the exams and other paperwork filed with athletic director Dave Bradley.

Also, insurance programs are available at the school that provide medical coverage for athletes.

Bradley recommends that all athletes, especially in football, have some type of medical insurance coverage while competing.

For more information, call Bradley at (928) 474-2233.

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