Raider Nation Floods Bagdad

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The defending youth league champion Payson Raiders beat the Bagdad Razorbacks 24-0 Sept. 18 in Walkup Sky Dome in Flagstaff.

The Raiders opened the youth campaign Sept. 11 in Show Low where they ran past the Round Valley Elks 52-38.

Raiders coach Billy Hardt praised the players for their cohesive efforts in the pair of victories.

"They are playing as a team," he said.

Hardt also thanked the parents and fans who traveled to Flagstaff and Show Low to show their support for the young athletes.

In other youth league football action, the Payson Eagles defeated the Wickenburg Wranglers 28-6 in Show Low but lost to the Camp Verde Bulldogs 22-0 in Flagstaff.

The Eagles return to play at noon, Sept. 25 in Show Low against the Show Low Mountain Lightning. The Raiders travel to Cottonwood Sept. 25 to take on the Cardinals. Kick off is 12:30 p.m. at Mingus High School.

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