Loss To Mingus

Cale Novack, left, straight-arms a Mingus Marauder and gains a hefty piece of real estate and had the crowd on its feet cheering wildly. Several plays later Novack caught a pass in the end zone for another Longhorn score.

Cale Novack, left, straight-arms a Mingus Marauder and gains a hefty piece of real estate and had the crowd on its feet cheering wildly. Several plays later Novack caught a pass in the end zone for another Longhorn score. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Longhorn #8, Josh Oakley, is interfered with by Mingus player as he attempted to catch a well thrown ball. The penalty set up a touchdown by Aaron Barnes and kept the fans hopes up for a Payson comeback.

A 33-20 loss to the Mingus Marauders on Friday evening, Oct. 7, in Payson High stadium has put a serious dent in the Longhorn football team’s hopes of earning a berth in the16-team season ending Division IV or “state” tournament.

With the defeat, the Horns fall to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in Section III where three teams, Buckeye, River Valley and Mingus, are 3-0 and Fountain Hills is 2-0.

Although all the power points from Friday’s game have yet to be compiled, Payson is currently ranked 17th of 31 teams.

For Payson to advance to the post season, the Horns will most likely need to win their final three games which includes a huge showdown Oct. 14 vs. River Valley. See the Oct. 11 edition of the Payson Roundup for game coverage vs. Mingus.

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