Homecoming 2006 will be highlighted this evening with an East region gridiron showdown that will pit the Payson Longhorns against the Snowflake Lobos.
Kick off is at 7 p.m.
The clash could turn spirited partly because the Longhorns will be trying to turn out the lights on Snowflake's ongoing Rim Country party. In the more than 35-year history of PHS football, the Horns have only beaten the Lobos twice.
Last year's team, led by speedy tailback Luke Apfel, took a giant stride toward gaining some Lobo respect with a 14-7 win in Snowflake.
The victory was Payson's first on the Lobos' home turf.
"Finally," a Longhorn player shouted as the team reveled in a post-game celebration at midfield.
The Horns only other win over Snowflake was chalked up in 1999.
Longhorn fans will remember the stirring victory as one in which PHS quarterback Kyle Conway hooked up with wide receiver Dusty Brockett on a game-winning, fourth-down touchdown pass.
The catch, which came with 3.4 seconds remaining in the game, lifted the Horns to a come-from-behind 26-23 victory and put an end to the long misery Payson faithful had suffered at the paws of the Lobos.
While football will take center stage this evening, the traditional halftime festivities of crowning the king and queen and performances by the PHS marching band and spirit line will draw plenty of attention from fans and alumni.
Also today, the annual homecoming parade begins about 2:15 p.m. at Green Valley Park and travels down Main Street.
At Payson High School, students wore school colors of purple and gold to classes.
Tuesday evening at the Payson Event Center, students gathered for a rousing pep rally and a bonfire.
The festivities culminate tomorrow, Saturday, with the homecoming dance. The theme of the semi-formal affair is "Viva Las Vegas."
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Homecoming game: PHS vs. Snowflake
When: 7 p.m. kick off
Where: PHS stadium