The weekend wasn’t a banner one, heck not even a decent one, for our state’s collegiate and professional teams.
In fact, it was a shut out — 0-4.
In Tucson, the Arizona Wildcats absorbed a 37-10 pounding from the Andrew Luck-led Stanford Cardinal and in Champaign, Ill., the Arizona State Sun Devils fell 17-14 to the Fighting Illini.
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, a team that starts ex-PHS standout Matt Wilson at offensive tackle, dropped a heartbreaking 31-29 decision to Portland State.
On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals couldn’t finish in a gut-wrenching 22-21 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Stanford, behind Luck — who last year passed up a chance to be an NFL first round selection — entered the game sixth-ranked and gave no reasons they are not worthy of the lofty slot.
Luck finished with 325 passing yards and a pair of second half touchdowns.
Arizona State traveled to Illinois with a No. 22 national ranking, but that will obviously disappear with the three-point loss.
As was the situation last season, mistakes and penalties doomed the Sun Devils in their first road game of the season.
With Southern California up next, the Sun Devil players can either erase the loss from their memories or drop into another disappointing season for the maroon and gold.
After watching the game unfold, I’d like to have the opportunity to again beat a dead horse by saying the Sun Devils haven’t had a bowl game season since coach Dennis Erickson decided to abandon Camp Tontozona and hold preseason practices in the bubble facility on the Tempe campus.
In NAU’s narrow loss, the Lumberjacks had a chance to win in the final 10 seconds, but Matt Myers’ 41-yard field goal sailed wide left.
The Cardinals loss to Washington on national television can be attributed to a battered and beat up defense that gave up 455 yards of offense — 172 yards rushing. Also, the Skins answered a 73-yard TD bomb from Kevin Kolb to Larry Fitzgerald with a 13-play TD drive of its own.
One thing about going 0-4 for the Arizona weekend — it leaves plenty of room for improvement.
Family archery Saturday
With archery interest in the Rim Country continuing growing by leaps and bounds, retired law enforcement officer and archery aficionado Les Conner will hook up with the town to sponsor the second “Shoot for the Rim” tournament, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at the TRSC Jim Jones Shooting Range south of Payson.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. and scores must be turned in by 2 p.m. Registration fees range from $15 to $30. Children under 14 shoot for free.
Once again, two different, 14-target courses, or 28 3-D targets, will be in use.
In addition to the 3-D shooting, there will be a “Clout Shoot” which is a long distance contest at a circular “bull’s-eye” target.
At the upcoming tournament, another Clout Shoot will be held as will several other games including tic, tack, toe, poker and a William Tell shoot in which entrants will try to shoot an apple off the head of a dummy.
Conner also promises the event will include “awards, novelties, door prizes and tons of outdoor family fun.”
He also emphasizes that the tournament is a family affair and the focus will be on having fun.
“There are enough really competitive shoots, this one is for fun, but we will have awards,” he said.
Newcomers will find the archery tournament unique in that archers, instead of shooting stationary at bull’s-eye targets, walk an outdoor course firing arrows at McKenzie life-sized 3-D foam targets of bear, deer and mountain lions.
3-D archery is a spin off of field archery that is popular among hunters because it re-creates a hunting environment with competitors shooting from unmarked distances.
Although one of the goals is hunting practice, hunting broad heads are not used because they would tear up the foam targets. Normal target or field tips are commonly used.
For the upcoming tournament, participants will compete in one of four age groups and in four separate classes based on bow types and sight.
The age groups are: Adult (18-years-plus), Youth (14-17 years), Cub (9-13 years) and Pee Wee (8 and under).
The classes include:
• Open — Archers may use any bow, sight or stabilizer.
• Release — Entrants can use any bow but with fixed pins, no scopes, a 12-inch maximum stabilizers and any release.
• Fingers — Requirements include any bows, fixed pins, no scopes, 12-inch maximum stabilizers and shooting with fingers.
• Traditional — Any recurve or longbow with no sights.
For details, call Conner at (928) 472-7443. Registration forms are available at: www. paysonparks.com.