The state second-ranked and undefeated Show Low Cougar (5-0) football team proved they are worthy of their lofty reputation in a 47-6 shellacking of the Payson Longhorns Friday evening at PHS stadium.
The Horns (3-2), who had previously lost only one game, 14-7 to Fountain Hills, were simply no match for the Cougars and their hotshot quarterback Colby Maxwell.
The Cat signal caller, whose father Brian was once a standout receiver for Show Low, completed 12 of 21 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns.
His first TD toss, which came with 8:07 remaining in the first quarter, was a 12-yard strike to Brett Van Winkle and upped the Show Low lead to 13-0.
About two minutes later in the quarter, Maxwell threw eight yards to Brice Rove to extend the Show Low lead to 20-0.
With 9:23 to go in the second quarter, Maxwell hooked up with Trevor Solomon on a four-yard touchdown pass and the route was on.
At halftime, the Cougars led 33-0 and about the only drama remaining in the game was what Show Low’s victory margin would eventually turn out to be.
After Show Low tacked on two touchdowns in the third quarter, coach Randy Ricedorf called off the Cats allowing the team to coast to the win with reserves on the field.
Payson scored its only TD in the fourth quarter on a R.J. Cox run.
Payson’s offense sputtered most of the evening under a relentless Cougar defense that sacked quarterback Miguel Mendoza twice, intercepted two passes and recovered one fumble.
Individually, Cody Tenney was a thorn in the Longhorns’ side all evening long scoring a TD on a five-yard run and chalking up a game-high 10 tackles.
Now that the rough and tumble Cougars are only an image in the rear view mirror, the players can begin focusing on a Sedona Red Rock team (3-2) that is on a three-game winning streak. Game time is 7 p.m. in Sedona. The game will be preceded tomorrow, Sept. 26, by a jayvee clash vs. Red Rock in PHS stadium. Kick off is at 5 p.m.