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.