Penalties, a misfiring offense and the loss of starting quarterback Gunner Goodman spelled the demise of the Longhorn football team (2-1) in a 14-7 loss to the Fountain Hills Falcons (1-2) on Friday evening.
The Horns took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 17-yard TD pass from Goodman to Miguel Mendoza and Dean Harpe’s successful conversion kick. But that’s all the scoring the Horns could muster as the Falcons roared back with two fourth quarter touchdowns to escape PHS field with the upset win.
Goodman did not play in the second half after suffering an ankle injury while being sacked for a 10-yard loss. Mendoza, a 5-foot, 9-inch, 150-pound receiver, replaced Goodman as quarterback.
The extent of Goodman’s injury will not be known until medical evaluations are complete.
In the loss, the Horns were their own worst enemies committing several costly penalties including ones for holding, illegal blocks and illegal shifts.
See the Sept. 11 edition of the Payson Roundup for complete game coverage.