Churches Host Holiday Football Fun

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Don Latham prepares to hand off the ball during a community Turkey Bowl flag football competition on Thanksgiving Day at Rumsey Park.

Several Payson churches held friendly games of flag football over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend allowing members and non-members alike to enjoy fellowship and good weather. Both events, coincidentally dubbed as the Turkey Bowl, were held on separate days at Rumsey Park.

The first game, hosted by the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was on Thanksgiving Day and has become a long-standing tradition over the years, allowing young men from the community to challenge the older men. This year, the old men triumphed, which does not happen often.

The second event, held Sunday afternoon, was a tournament hosted by Mountain Bible Church of Payson and involved multiple teams including middle school ages, high school ages, adults and women.

"We thought this would be a good tradition where people of all ages could come together on a Thanksgiving holiday weekend and have a good time," said Donovan Christian, Expedition Pastor at Mountain Bible Church in Payson. "We had about 125 people who came to the park to either watch or play. We were really blown away by the great turnout. We had some good, healthy competition."

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