Homecoming Is A Sweet Victory

Westin Gibson avoids one tackler as he scampers down the field for a considerable gain, Friday, Sept. 19 during the homecoming victory over the Chino Valley Cougars. The Longhorns won 42-16.

Westin Gibson avoids one tackler as he scampers down the field for a considerable gain, Friday, Sept. 19 during the homecoming victory over the Chino Valley Cougars. The Longhorns won 42-16. |

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Westin Gibson avoids one tackler as he scampers down the field for a considerable gain, Friday, Sept. 19 during the homecoming victory over the Chino Valley Cougars. The Longhorns won 42-16.

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King Bryan Burke and Queen Christina Deaton reigned supreme at the half-time ceremonies during the Longhorns homecoming victory over the Chino Valley Cougars.

The beasts of the East reigned supreme Friday evening in non-region games played around the state.

No. 2 ranked Payson jumped out to a 28-0 lead over west region member Chino Valley then coasted to a 42-16 homecoming win. With the victory, the Longhorns improve to 4-0.

State third ranked Blue Ridge is also 4-0 after defeating Gilbert Williams Field 55-12.

Fourth ranked Round Valley (3-1), who's only loss is to defending 2A state champion St. Johns, soundly thumped Wilcox 47-6 and No. 5 Snowflake (4-0) rolled past Camp Verde 35-7.

The only top-five team that is not a member of the East region, top-rated Wickenburg (4-0), defeated Goodyear Estrella Foothills, 25-0.

In Payson's victory, Payson Herring and Brandon Alexander scored two touchdowns each. David Carlen and Max Johnson also scored TD's.

Chino Valley's two touchdowns were scored in the second half by Bill Davis on a one-yard run and a 25-yard pass from Cole Whisenhunt.

Next up for the Longhorns is a Sept. 26 visit to 4A Prescott Bradshaw Mountain.

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