Apfel Runs Wild In Horn Romp

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The state 11th-ranked Payson Longhorns (4-0) ran roughshod over homestanding Mesa Desert Ridge 40-0.

In the Sept. 17 blowout, the Horns took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of scoring scampers by junior tailback Luke Apfel. The first covered 11 yards and the second was a 70-yard dash on an outside zone play in which center Kyle Sachak led the blocking.

Second quarter touchdowns by fullback Tyler Williams, quarterback Donnie Wilbanks and Apfel propelled the Horns to a commanding 33-0 halftime lead.

In the third stanza, Williams capped an 11-play, 75-yard TD drive with a 10-yard dash to pay dirt that upped the Horn lead to 40-0.

With the victory all but in the record books, coach Jerry Rhoades substituted at will allowing reserves and junior varsity players to see ample time.

The jayvee clash that was to be played Sept. 16 was canceled by the Jaguars due to a lack of players.

In the victory over Desert Ridge, Apfel turned in his second successive standout performance. If the junior speedster can avoid the injuries that plagued him last season, he could be on track to earn postseason honors.

Williams, a senior workhorse, also had a standout effort banging his way inside for 128 yards on 15 carries. His 8.4-yards-per-carry average is a solid mark for a fullback who is called upon to run where yards are toughest to pick up.

Wilbanks gave the Horns an aerial threat completing seven of 10 passes for 70 yards. Nick Falbo and Apfel were on the receiving end of two passes each.

The Horns now turn their attention to a Sept. 28 homecoming showdown against Prescott. The Badgers were impressive Friday in a 56-21 victory over then state fifth-ranked Sunnyslope.

After watching game films of the Badgers, Rhoades said he was impressed with the team and Payson would need an error-free performance to emerge victorious.

Kick off is 7 p.m. in Longhorn stadium.

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