While the Longhorn football team was steamrolling the Lobos in Snowflake 52-15, their female soccer counterparts went into overtime before losing a 3-2 heartbreaker in Tempe to Tucson Desert Christian.
With the football team’s regular season ending victory, the Horns are 10-0 overall, 5-0 in the East region and will take the No. 1 power ranking into the state tournament when it begins Nov. 8.
The Lady Horns’ gut wrenching loss to Desert Christian ends the season for Payson who entered the state tournament first round match up as huge underdogs to the Tucson school. Desert Christian, the West region champion, was a No. 1 seed while the Lady Horns were the East’s fourth and final seed. Payson, however, refused to pack up their tent and played DC to a tie in regulation. Overtime also ended in a dead knot so penalty kicks were called for. In the tiebreaker, DC won 4-2.
In other state tournament games, all three East teams won. Blue Ridge beat River Valley 6-2, St. Johns edged Chino Valley 2-0 and Show Low beat Verde Valley 4-1.
In East region football, Blue Ridge whipped Round Valley 21-3 which means the Yellow Jackets will take the No. 2 power points berth to the state tournament.
Payson’s win over the once powerful Lobos was never much in doubt. After jumping out to a 14-7 lead, Payson continued to roll until speedy sophomore Payson Herring’s 60-yard run pushed the lead to 28-7 with 2:54 remaining in the first half. With 6:50 to go in the third quarter, the Horns led 49-7 prompting coach Josh Anderson to send in the reserves and jayvees.
For complete coverage of both games, see the Nov. 4 edition of The Payson Roundup.