Fans watching the River Valley vs. Payson football game Friday evening in Mohave Valley could have been thinking they were watching an instant replay of last year’s clash between the two teams.
The resemblance of the two games centers on the performances of the Dust Devils' two backfield stars - quarterback Derek Advocate and running back Brandon Long.
In River’ Valley 27-7 win last season in Payson, both stars shined brightly , especially Long who ground out 126 yards in 15 carries.
A year later, Long rushed for 180 yards on 17 carries to lead the Dust Devils to a 44-14 win that drop’s Payson to 4-4 on the season and puts a sever crimp in the Horns playoff hopes.
See the Oct. 16 edition of the Payson Roundup for complete game details