No Ranking For Horn Football Team, Yet


Longhorn football fans are grinding their teeth that the PHS team is not yet state-ranked.

Although the Horns are 3-0 and were particularly impressive in last week's 48-7 win over Florence, pollsters have not included the Horns in their top-five.

In Class 3A rankings compiled early this week by The Arizona Republic, Blue Ridge was No. 1, Round Valley No. 2, Wickenburg No. 3, Show Low No. 4 and Snowflake No. 5. The five teams all sport 3-0 records.

Of those teams, all but Wickenburg is a member of the 3A East region.

Wickenburg's ranking is partially due to the fact it went to the state title game last year and was in the semifinals two years ago.

A case could be made, however, that the Horns are better than the West Region Wranglers.

Wickenburg had to rally late to beat the Florence Gophers, 34-19, a team that Payson dominated by 41 points.

But until Wickenburg or one of the East region teams loses, the Horns will likely not be included in top-five rankings.

One gridiron publication, Northern Arizona Football Magazine, ranked Payson eighth in its "Northern Arizona Top 10" preseason rankings.

The magazine also rated Chino Valley, the Horns opponent this evening (Friday) No. 7 overall.

Rim fisherman takes fifth

Pine angler Buddy Randall hooked up with Clay Buck Parson of Marana to finish fifth in the 2007 AllStar Bass SuperTeam championships held Sept. 7 and at Lake Pleasant.

The two weighed in 19.61 pounds, fishing the lower end of the west side of the lake and the marina down to 20 feet with soft plastics and topwater poppers. Among the team's sponsors in the Tackle Box in Tonto Basin.

Payson anglers John Browning and Robert O'Donnell were ninth, with 18.21 pounds.

SO bowling

All persons interested in participating in Payson's Special Olympic bowling program should visit Rim Country Lanes, 1109 N. Beeline, at 3 p.m. Sept. 17.

Practices will be held regularly at that time every Monday.

There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics, but a completed medical/parent release form is required.

Anyone with a development disability, regardless of level of ability, is eligible for Special Olympics programs and sports if they are at least eight years of age. There is no upper age limit.

Volunteers and coaches are always welcome and are needed to keep Payson's 12 SO program active throughout the year.

To obtain a permit form for the bowling program, call Annie Spencer at (928) 595-3961 or Jane Bonn at (928) 472-6744.

To volunteer for the SO program, call area director Becky Derwort at (928) 474-9142.

Trivia time

What is one the oldest standing records in Arizona high school football scoring?

Give up?

It is Tucson High's Ted Bland seven touchdowns scored in 1931.

That mark has him second, along with five other Arizona prep athletes who have also chalked up seven TDs in a single game.

Trent Thompson of Chinle holds the state record of eight, scored in 1986.

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