Chance Randall, a Payson Longhorn, fights off a Chino Valley Cougar early in the first quarter of the Friday night rampage by the Payson football team.
Photo by Andy Towle.
Behind determined running by senior Westin Gibson, the Longhorn football team improved to 2-0 Friday evening in PHS stadium with a convincing 39-6 win over the Chino Valley Cougars.
After Payson scored on the opening drive to take a 7-0 lead, Chino fought back with a touchdown of its own on an eight play 56 yard drive. But 7-6 was the closest the Cougars would ever get as Gibson and backfield running mate Payson Herring ran over, around and through a porous Cougar defense.
Among Gibson’s feats was a nifty 63 yard run on a counter play that gave the Horns a 26-6 first half lead and erased any doubt which was the superior team.
In other East region games, Round Valley beat St. Johns 20-14 and Snowflake manhandled Holbrook 35-6. Top five ranked Show Low and Blue Ridge were idle.
Mingus, the Horns’ opponent next Friday, blasted the Prescott Badgers 40-6.
Check the Sept. 7 edition of the Payson Roundup for complete game details.