As a former Longhorn three-sport star, Chris Harold knows a win over long time rival Snowflake is a victory to savor.
"Beating Snowflake in any sport is exciting," he said.
That fact of Payson sports life, made the Rim Country Middle School Maverick eighth grade team's season opening 28-8 win over the home standing Lobos a cause for celebration.
As coach of the team, Harold savored the final few minutes of the game when the superior RCMS players were able to wear down the Lobos.
"They were dead tired by the second half of the third quarter," Harold said.
The Mavericks scored first on about a 58-yard sweep by Payson Herring who scored all of RCMS's TDs.
After building a 14-8 halftime lead, the Mavs tacked on two insurance scores in the final two stanzas.
Snowflake scored its only TD on a lone pass play when the Lobos came out in a three receiver or "Trips" set that confused the RCMS defensive backfield.
Following the game, Harold cited his offensive and defensive lines for doing what he called "a phenomenal job."
The linemen included Clayton Chlarson, Tanner Clawson, Sean Ford, James Thornhill and Jesus Chavez.
The eighth graders return to action Sept. 7 in St. Johns. Game time is 3:30 p.m.