Football Fever Kicks Off In Rim Country

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After posting a 4-1 record in season-opening games Sept. 10 at Payson High School, Payson's Central Arizona Youth Football Association teams go on the road for Sept. 17 clashes.

The Payson Buccaneers travel to the Cottonwood Colts for an 8:30 a.m. kickoff. 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.

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Payson youth football teams are on the road tomorrow after opening the season Sept. 10 in Payson.

The Raiders travel to Eagar Springerville for an 11:30 a.m. game against the Round Valley Elks.

Prep rodeo on tap

The Arizona High School Rodeo Association 2005-2006 campaign kicks off Sept. 24 and 25 at the Payson Event Center. The prep series continues with nine rodeos before the finals are held June 9-11, 2006 at the Apache Gold Casino in San Carlos.

Prep rodeos feature most of the same events as PRCA competitions plus boys and girls cutting, goat tying and breakaway roping.

There is no admission charge to the Payson event.

Football debuts at home

With the Longhorn football team set to make its home debut at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, fans are being reminded that admission ticket prices have increased. Admission for all football and volleyball games is now $5 for adults and $4 for students. Last season, tickets were $4 and $3.

Although Payson High does not charge admission to soccer games, some East region schools will do so this year.

In addition to individual admission tickets, a variety of passes are available for purchase.

The options include a $120 family pass, accepted at all sports events this school year.

Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley warns that the pass is valid only for immediate family members living in the same home.

"Not cousins, aunts and uncles," he said.

For $55, family passes to football, volleyball or basketball only may be purchased.

A boys and girls basketball family pass is available for $65.

According to Bradley, the $55 family passes are not being sold for wrestling because the Longhorns probably will not have enough home dual meets to justify the cost.

Student passes for all sports are $30 and individual adult passes are $42.

Bradley calls the passes a good deal for fans who plan on attending more than seven sporting events during the school year.

"That many games will pay for the pass, then they (games) are basically free," he said.

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