A Brief Glance At Upcoming Football Season

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“The rich get richer” certainly applies to high school football.

For example, defending state champion Blue Ridge is loaded with talent and will obviously contend next season for another state crown.

But just last week, the Yellow Jackets picked up two talented transfers, Nolan Cox and a Payson lineman, that should make the 2012 BRHS team even more formidable.

According to “Coach P” at AZ Sports Network, Cox will transfer to the Lakeside school after being named an All-Division VI linebacker as a sophomore last season at Gilbert Christian. He also was an all-section running back.

Coach P says he carried the ball 161 times for 1,210 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also led the team in tackles with 61.

At Gilbert Christian, he played for his father, Jeff Cook, who resigned as football coach to take a job in northern Arizona.

Former Payson High School football coach Byron Quinlan also confirmed that a sophomore lineman off last year’s Longhorn team will probably soon be transferring to BRHS.

Golfin’ for children’s clothes

It’s not yet too late to sign up for the 2012 Clothe-A-Child benefit, golf tournament to be played July 21 at Payson Golf Course.

Check-in is at 7 a.m. when coffee and doughnuts will be served. At 8 a.m. the fray gets off to a shotgun start.

The format is four-man teams of best-ball play and golfers who do not have a team will be assigned one.

The fee is $80 per golfer ($55 for PGC members), which includes 18 holes of play with a cart, lunch, raffle prizes and awards for closest to the pin and straightest drive.

The evening of the local tournament, July 21, a dinner, cocktail hour, silent auction, music and dancing will be held at the Payson Elks Lodge. The no-host cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m., the dinner at 6 p.m., with music by Junction 87 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The day before the tournament, July 20, the Elks Lodge lounge will open at noon. Live music and a silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For those who don’t golf, there will also be plenty of activities going on at the lodge including bingo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Non-golfers can also purchase lunch ($5) and dinner tickets ($15), which will be available at the lodge.

Most important about the Arizona Elks Association-hosted “Clothe-a-Child” program is the real winners in it are children. That’s because all the proceeds from the series of tournaments around the state, including the one held each summer at Payson Golf Course, are used to purchase much-needed clothing for disadvantaged school children.

“This is a statewide program, some of our clubs (donate clothes) at Christmas and some before the first day of school,” said tournament chairman Becky Waer. “We do it through the schools, so it is kind of a confidential thing.”

Each year, the Elks’ Clothe-a-Child program purchases $100,000-plus worth of new clothing that is doled out to more than 1,000 Arizona children in need.

Entry forms are available at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. For details, call Waer at (928) 476-3678, or the lodge at (928) 474-2572. Questions may also be e-mailed to Waer at beckwaer@gmail.com.

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