The Payson High School junior varsity team, which played host to Fountain Hills last evening (results not available at press time), had a game this past week that most only dream about.
In it, the jayvees thumped Chandler Seton Catholic to the tune of a 63-6.
Of the 10 touchdowns the junior Horns scored, nine different players tallied them and the offense scored every time it had the ball except once.
The scoring went:
- Zach Brooks on an interception.
- Cliff Lopez on a run.
- Nick Alexander on a run.
- Ryan Cox on an interception return and a run.
- Ben Sandoval on a run and two-point conversion pass reception.
- Gage Conway on a run.
- Landen Johnson on a run.
- Nick Goodman on a run.
Whoever the scoreboard operator was, he probably left the game with a well-worn finger.
A feel-good football story
There is a powerful article in the Sept. 24 edition of the New York Times magazine titled "The Making of Michael Oher."
It is a ballad about University of Mississippi freshman left tackle Micheal Oher who some say is a sure-fire first round NFL draft pick.
At 16 years of age, Oher was homeless in Memphis, Tenn. and headed for trouble.
He had a measured IQ of 80, which put him in the ninth percentile in intelligence.
The story tells of the eight people who came into Oher's life and helped him graduate from a Memphis area Christian high school, earn a scholarship to Ole Miss and be touted by NFL scouts as one of the best left offensive tackle prospects they have seen.
Those featured in the story who helped turn Michael's life around includes a friend from the inner city, Michael's football coach at Briar Crest Christian School, a fast-food franchisee who took Michael into his home, the man's wife who took over management of Michael's life, a tutor who helped Michael into the good graces of the NCAA and a video game companion and school classmate.
It's a unique sports story and well worth reading.
Silhouette target shoots will be held the second Saturday of each month beginning at 9 a.m. at Tonto Rim Sports Club Jim Jones range located south of Payson.
A sight-in shoot will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. prior to each of the matches.
In competing in the steel silhouette target shoots, members use .22 caliber rifles with any type of sights.
A chicken silhouette, about 6-inches in height is placed at 40 yards. An 8-inch javelina is positioned at 50 yards and the 12-inch turkey at 75 yards. An about 14-inch ram is at 100 yards.
Competitors rotate through the targets and are allowed to fire 10 shots at each silhouette. The shooter who chalks up the most hits is declared the winner.
For more information about the shoots, call Bill Cole at (928) 889-8193 or 468-2457.
Free mat camp
A free wrestling clinic for students in grades three through eight will be held 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2 through 5 in the Wilson Dome wrestling room.
Those dates coincide with the school district's fall break.
PHS coach Dave LaMotte, widely considered one of the best technicians in the country and the mentor of numerous Longhorn state champions, will head the clinic along with his staff.
"Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to become a member of one of the oldest ‘martial arts' in history and be a part of the tradition of excellence in the Payson Wrestling Program," LaMotte said. "All (campers) need to do is show up on time with a pair of soft-soled wrestling shoes, T-shirt, gym shorts, a good attitude and be ready to learn."
Entry forms are available at Payson High School or at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.
For more information, call LaMotte at (928) 474-2233.