A successful season-opening day has Payson Youth Football Association President Scott Geske forgetting about the troublesome burdens he sometimes must shoulder.
"Everything went off perfectly (Sept. 9) and we had in Payson about 600 kids and probably more than 2,000 adults," he said. "There were no complaints, the games went off as scheduled and everyone jumped in to help out," he said.
"If the season goes like opening day, it's going to be a great," Geske said.
According to Geske, Payson hasn't hosted a Central Arizona Youth Football Association opening day in several years, but he volunteered to do so after local coaches and parents said they would help with the logistics."
"Everyone did just that, even to picking up trash," he said.
In games involving Rim Country teams, the Payson Broncos rode roughshod over the Big Bug Scorpions 29-0 and the Payson Bears clawed the Camp Verde Cowboys 28-0.
Also, the Payson Buccaneers blasted the Wickenburg Minor Wranglers 20-0 and the always tough Payson Raiders thumped the Bagdad Razorbacks 27-14.
The only local team to lose, the Cowboys, fell 22-0 to the Bagdad Mighty Might Razorbacks.
Action continues Sept. 17 with the Buccaneers traveling to the Cottonwood Colts for an 8:30 a.m. kick off. The Payson Broncos visit the Cottonwood Titans at 10:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. the Cowboys play the Cottonwood Seahawks. At 2 p.m., the Bears take on the Cottonwood Dolphins. All four games will be played at Cottonwood Middle School.
The Raiders travel to Eagar Springerville for an 11:30 a.m. game against the Round Valley Elks.