Senior David Carlen’s two touchdowns and a pair by sophomore Westin Gibson paced the Longhorn football team to a 41-8 East region win over the Alchesay Falcons.
The victory, which was posted Oct. 24 in PHS stadium, improves the state second ranked Longhorns’ record to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the East. Most importantly the win keeps Payson atop the East standings and the state power point rankings.
On Payson’s first possession of the game, Carlen found pay dirt on a 32-yard run. The TD coupled with Kyle Frewin’s conversion kick pushed the Horns out to a 7-0 lead.
With 9:05 remaining in the game and Payson nursing a 28-0 lead, Carlen scored again on a 23-yard run. The TD was set by a fumble recovery inside the Falcon 35. Payson led at that point 35-0 prompting coach Josh Anderson to send reserves into the game, many of them junior varsity players.
Gibson scored his first TD midway through the game on a 65-yard pass from quarterback Ridge Halenar. He scored again late in the fourth quarter, after taking over for Halenar at quarterback, on a 30-yard run.
Alchesay’s lone TD belongs to East region leading rusher Stephone Hanna on a 58-yard scamper with 7:38 remaining in the game.
The Horns final regular season game will be Oct. 31 against Snowflake.
See the Oct. 28 edition of The Payson Roundup for complete coverage of the win over Alchesay.