Cougars Slash Longhorns


Longhorn fullback Nick Johnson (34) had 129 yards on 16 carries in Payson’s season-ending 35-17 loss to the Show Low Cougars Friday night.

Longhorn fullback Nick Johnson (34) had 129 yards on 16 carries in Payson’s season-ending 35-17 loss to the Show Low Cougars Friday night. |

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Payson High School Quarterback Jake Sleeper rolls out and away from the pursuing Show Low Defenders. The Cougars prevailed 35-17.

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It was Parent Player night for the last Longhorn Home game. Max and Nick Johnson are shown with their parents.

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It was tough yardage for the Show Low Cougar backs as Jake Gonzales 68 slows this runner down.

The Payson longhorns dropped a hard fought 35- 17 loss to the Show Low Cougars Friday evening in Payson High School Stadium.

With the loss the Horns fall to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the 3A East region. For Payson the loss ends any hopes the team had of defending its state championship of last season.

The longhorns led at half time, 17-14, thanks in part to a 31 yard pass from Jake Sleeper to Cameron Geski, and Nick Johnson's 25 yard interception return. Howwever, Show Low rallied for 21 second half points to nail down the win.

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