Longhorns Stomp The Cougars

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.

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. |

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Avoiding tacklers was Westin Gibson's specialty as he had a field day romping all over the gridiron Friday night against the Cougars.

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.

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Wade Hunsaker shows his versatility as he avoids being brought down by a Chino Valley Cougar and advances the Longhorns into position for their second touchdown of the night.

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.

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Payson Herring avoids another tackle as he scampers for a 26 yard gain late in the first quarter of a one-sided contest as the Longhorns defeated the Cougars.

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.

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