Sometimes the numbers on the scoreboard aren’t a true reflection of what happened on the football field. Friday night’s game against the Snowflake Lobos was an example of that. The Lobos routed the Payson team 43-8 at Snowflake Stadium to end postseason play for PHS.
In the first quarter, the Longhorns had a progressive drive going and looked like a score was in the offing. However, a fumble recovered by the Lobos put an end to their threat.
The Horns had some big plays in the second half but were unable to capitalize on them as the Lobo defense stiffened and halted all the Horns’ scoring attempts.
The Snowflake coaches mentioned after the game the Longhorns were a much tougher team and harder to beat than they were expecting. Their team effort and high spirits kept them in the game despite the score.
Head coach Jake Swartwood commented that the he was proud of the team, their spirit and that they played their best game of the year.
According to the report on the MaxPreps Web site, Payson did not score until the last five minutes of the game. Tyus Sarnowski caught a seven-yard pass from Gunner Goodman for a touchdown, and then R. J. Cox ran it in for a two-point conversion.
The balance of the MaxPreps report shows the strong Longhorn effort that kept the Lobos to largely limited scoring yardage.
First quarter summary:
Snowflake - Chase Walden, 6-yard run; Kirt Solomon, extra point.
Second quarter summary:
Snowflake - Chase Walden 3-yard run and a run for the two-point conversion.
Third quarter summary:
Snowflake - Chase Walden, 4-yard run; Kirt Solomon, extra point; Rick Shumway, 11-yard pass from Chase Walden; Kirt Solomon, extra point.
Fourth quarter summary:
Snowflake - Braccin Tanner, 42-yard run; Kirt Solomon, extra point; Chase Walden, 4-yard run; Kirt Solomon, extra point.