The Payson Longhorns and the Snowflake High School scoreboard had a lot in common Friday evening – both malfunctioned.
The Horns football woes in a 31-0 loss to the Lobos were inflicted by sloppy play that included four turnovers and several blown scoring opportunities.
While Payson was misfiring, the Lobo offense was hitting on all cylinders thanks in part to Robby Martindale who turned in a superstar evening scoring 25 of the Lobos 31 points.
A trio of Martindell’s points came on a school record 45-yard field goal.
Lobo signal caller Shawn Walker also turned in a fine evening both running and throwing, often to Martindell.
The Horns acquired a new and potent weapon last week when speedy scat back Payson Herring joined the team but the Lobo defense kept him fairly well in check before he went out in the second half with an injury.
Herring did have a 57-yard kick off return giving the Horns a first down near the 29-yard line but PHS failed to score.
With the loss, the Longhorns fall to 2-4 overall, 0-2 in the East. The Lobos improved to 5-1.
Probably the most surprising East region game on the evening was No. 2 ranked Show Low’s 32-27 loss to Fountain Hills.
No. 1 ranked Blue Ridge beat Globe 50-0 and No. 3 ranked Wickenburg rolled over San Tan 48-0.