Payson High School football players, their families and coaches gathered last evening, Monday, in Julia Randall Elementary School cafeteria for the traditional season-ending awards banquet in which varsity letters were awarded, freshman and junior varsity certificates doled out and outstanding players named.
About the only honors that could not be given were the naming of those players chosen either all-section or all-division.
Because the football season has not yet ended, the names of award winners have not yet been made public.
The Horn lineup did feature last season several players who could be in the running for honors including Tyus Sarnowski, Tanner Savage, Kyle Brown, R.J. Cox, Sam Boatman and others.
With the Arizona State vs. Arizona battle for the Territorial Cup set to be played Friday, fans from around the country are chomping at the bit to see which of the two rivals will emerge with bragging rights for another year.
Each year when the big game rolls around, I’m reminded of several years ago when I decided for this Extra Points column to survey notable people around town asking them to pick both a winner and a final score. Once that was done, I ran their predictions in the sports pages of the final edition before the game was played.
Among those I surveyed was Gordy Gartner, then the Payson Chief of Police.
Gordy’s prediction was that Arizona was going to win by a score of something like 40-7.
In fact, knowing I was an ASU alum, he managed to get in a few good-natured anti-Devil digs as the game approached.
No, I take that back — it was more than a few.
Arizona State went on to win the Duel in the Desert 37-14.
I saw Gordy a few days after the game was played and took him to task about his prediction that was way off base.
Now we all know Gordy as an honest and upright man known for his integrity, but he tried his best to weasel out of his prediction.
When faced with the fact he had misfired, he retorted that I had misunderstood and his forecast actually was ASU would win by 23 points.
Sure, Chief — nice try.
BR, Seton in title game
The Division IV state championship football game will not be a showdown between No. 1 Blue Ridge and No. 2 Show Low as many fans thought. Instead it will feature Blue Ridge against No. 3 Chandler Seton Catholic.
The game will be played at 7:07 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, in Walkup Skydome on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Seton advanced to the title game with a 42-14 win over Show Low on Nov. 17 at Washington High School
In Seton’s run to the championship, the team beat a very good Mingus team, 28-21. Blue Ridge overwhelmed Snowflake, 44-0, in its semifinal game. There are some predicting there is a new sheriff in town and Seton might become the dominant D-IV team in the state.
Although the Chandler school rocked Show Low, Blue Ridge will be a tougher nut to crack.