Raiders Unbeaten In Youth Football


The Payson Raiders (8-0) nipped the Camp Verde Bulldogs 16-14 to remain unbeaten and atop the Central Arizona Youth Football Association Majors East division standings.

In the win Saturday on Longhorn field, the two longtime rivals battled to an 8-8 halftime tie. In the second half, both teams scored touchdowns, but the Raiders successful two-point conversion proved to be the winning margin.


The Payson Raiders survived a scare from the Camp Verde Bulldogs Saturday at Payson High School. The Raiders nipped the Dogs 16-14 on a second half successful two-point conversion attempt. Among the ball carriers for the Raiders was Cody Sexton (22) shown trying to pick up a few extra inches on a sweep play.

The two touchdowns the Raider defense gave up to the Bulldogs were the most points allowed this season in a single game. In eight victories, the Raiders have chalked up five shutouts and have given up only 56 points all season. Last year, the team was 10-0 and league champions. In 2002, the Raiders compiled a 10-1 mark.

In other CAYFA major division action, the Payson Eagles (5-3) whipped homestanding Round Valley 26-0.

In Minors action on PHS field, the division leading Payson Broncos (7-1) beat the Payson Wildcats (2-6) 32-18.

Mighty Might Division action also at PHS saw the No. 1 ranked Payson Buccaneers (6-1) take a hard-fought 19-6 win over the Payson Bears (4-3).

In a regular season finale Nov. 6 in Chino Valley, the Broncos will take on Chino Valley Minor. Kick off is 10 a.m.

At 10 a.m. at Mayer High School, the Payson Wildcats play the Big Bug Scorpions.

In Majors play that same day, the Raiders travel to Show Low for a 1:30 p.m. kick off against the White Mountain Lightning.

At noon at Mayer High School, the Buccaneers will play the Big Bug Bulldogs.

Also on the season-ending agenda, the Bears play the Chino Valley Mighty Might Titans at noon at Chino Valley High School.

The first round of the playoffs begin Nov. 13. The championship finals will be played Nov. 20.

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