Payson Pair Await State Invitation


A pair of aspiring young football players have won both Payson and Sectional Punt, Pass and Kick competitions and now await word whether or not they have qualified for the Arizona Cardinals State Championships in mid-December at University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale.

Draven Shill and Kenneth Ayres have the chance to advance to the championships if their scores at the section competition on Nov. 4 in Flagstaff exceeded those recorded in other section shoot-outs held around the state.

In the 6-7 years boys division, Schill finish first with a total score of 113 feet.

In past years, inches were used as well but, “They used only feet at sectionals,” said Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator Mary Wolf.

With a tally of 343 feet, Ayers was top gun in the 14-15 years division.

Schill scored 36 in the punt, 33 in the pass and 44 in the kick.

Ayers shined in the kick with a tally of 130. In the pass he finished and 119 and scored a 94 in the punt.

Scores are based on both distance and accuracy. For example, if a youngster passes the ball 100 feet but the ball lands 30 feet to the right of the measuring tape the final scored is calculated by deducting 30 from 100 for a final score of 70.

An entrant’s final score is his or her cumulative total for the three individual skills.

Trevor Cline, Ellie Hubbard, Tim McCarthy and Tanner Mansoor also represented Payson in the sectional competition.

Cline, in the 8-9 years boys division, was third with a total score of 119.

In the 8-9 years girls group, Hubbard was third at 125.

McCarthy was third among the 10-11 years boys at 163 and Mansoor second in the 12-13 years boys division with a total of 176.


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