Move Over “Big Schools” Make Way For The 3a East.

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Move over “big schools” make way for the 3A East.

That’s what small town Arizona high school football fans are saying after the Payson Longhorns totally dismantled the Class 4A Bradshaw Mountain Bears 55-21 Friday evening in Prescott Valley.

The Horns traveled to the Bears den undefeated and 3A second ranked but some boosters were saying the Horns were out of their element taking on a 4A school.

But Payson refused to be denied jumping out to a 26-9 halftime lead and then expanding it to 47-9 in the third quarter. With the 38-point cushion, coach Josh Anderson emptied his bench allowing reserves, some of which are jayvee players, to see considerable action. Payson’s win put a huge damper on Bradshaw’s homecoming festivities.

The win wraps up the non-region season for the Longhorns (5-0) who will now turn their attention to the all-important five-game East campaign which begins Oct. 3 against defending state champion Show Low.

Payson’s victory over a 4A team will also give the Horns a boost in the power point rankings which will be released Sept. 29. The power points are used to seed the teams into the post season.

See the Sept. 30 edition of The Payson Roundup for complete results.

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