Great Turnout For Punt, Pass & Kick



Biting his tongue, Hayden Morse punted, passed and kicked better than most. Maybe that helped.

Todd McCarthy and Aleah Sekandari emerged from the Payson Punt, Pass and Kick competition as the overall points winners.

McCarthy, competing in the 14-15-years boys division, racked up a healthy 258.3 points and Sekandari, entered in the 12-13-years girls competition, finished with 159.7 points.

Town of Payson Sports Coordinator Trevor LaHaye called the field of 40 young athletes that showed up Aug. 31 at Rumsey Park for the free event, “a great turnout.”

Since LaHaye has been in his new job less than a month, he also called Punt, Pass & Kick “a great introduction to Payson events for me and it went very smooth.”


Tim McCarthy looked like he couldn’t decide if he should kick the ball or not.

The new town coordinator also issued a thank you to all the Payson youth football officials and parents who worked to help make the event successful.

In the boys competition, Joshua Reynolds won the 6-7-years title out-pointing runner-up Joshua Clifton.

Tim McCarthy took the 8-9-years title edging silver medalist Devin Gingry.

Among the 10-11-year-olds, Tyler Heskett took top honors. Tanner Gibson was second.

Skylar Way threw and booted his way to the 12-13-years crown over Wyatt Chapman.


Daisy Clifton winds up for a hefty throw but the shape of the ball doesn’t make it easy as it slipped from her grasp and fell way short of the mark.

Among the girls, Emma Parker claimed the 6-7-years title outpointing second-place finisher Lilly White-Hopson.

In the 8-9-years division, Daisy Clifton emerged victorious over runner-up Abby Gladden.

There were no entrants in the 10-11-years division.

Sekandari won the 12-13-years crown with her event high-point total. Rylee Chapman was second.


Devin Gingry must have been practicing, because he got off a good kick, punt and pass.

Taylor Mansoor took home the 14-15-years championship.

LaHaye says parents may now pick up their children’s first- and second-place ribbons at P&R offices located at Green Valley Park.


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