A Sneak Peek At The Season To Come

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Upcoming scrimmages will provide Longhorn fans the chance for a sneak peek at PHS fall sports teams before the action kicks off in earnest.

The first to scrimmage, the football team, host Florence at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in PHS stadium.

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Longhorn football players have been gearing up for the past two weeks in preparation for an Aug. 19 scrimmage against Florence. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in PHS stadium.

There is no admission charge.

The boys and girls soccer teams scrimmage Aug. 26 in Sedona. The Lady Horns play at noon and the boys at 2 p.m.

Neither volleyball nor cross-country have preseason scrimmages.

Cross country was set to debut Aug. 12 in the Payson Monsoon 5K run, but those plans were sidelined when the Payson Parks and Recreation Department canceled the event.

Volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink wanted a preseason scrimmage, but an opponent could not be found.

"We schedule in two year blocks and we couldn't find one last year," athletic director Dave Bradley said.

In the football scrimmage, fans will have the opportunity to view first year football coach Josh Anderson and a band of young players most of whom come from a strong sophomore class.

With a first year coach at the head of the program and past stalwarts like Luke Apfel, Derrick Hoosava, Kevin Allen and Cash Armstrong departed, the team will undoubtedly sport a new look.

The huge question to be answered is whether a predominately sophomore team can be successful in the rugged 3A East region.

The Horns did have a returning quarterback in B.J. Hill, a sophomore last year who absorbed his fair share of a few hard licks, but this season he has been aligned in a new position.

In the scrimmage, coaches will be allowed on the field, play can be stopped to give instruction and no score or statistics are to be officially recorded.

The boys soccer scrimmage will mark the debut of new coach Austin White, a PHS graduate.

For the Lady Horns scrimmage in Sedona, Joe Schmidt returns to lead the team for a third year. Veteran coach Chuck Hardt, who this past season coached three sports, will coach both the boys and girls cross-country teams.

-- To reach Max Foster call 474-5251 ext. 114 or e-mail mfoster@payson.com.

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