Payson needs a football win in the worst way.
Fortunately for the Longhorns, Globe is up next on the schedule.
The Tigers enter tonight’s 7 o’clock game at Payson with a 2-4 record after a 77-0 trouncing at Show Low last week.
That loss snapped a two-game winning streak. Globe opened the season with losses against San Tan Valley Combs (9-0), Coolidge (49-6) and Florence (42-26). The Tigers bounced back to win 10-2 at Miami and 43-8 at home against Tucson Tanque Verde. Miami was winless before rolling over Alchesay last week. Tanque Verde is 2-4.
Tigers’ quarterback Joseph Burke leads a run-heavy offense. Through four games he leads Globe with 296 rushing yards on 41 carries (7.2 avg.). He also had completed 10 of 45 passes (22 percent) for 71 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Junior Brodie Dalle Nogare ranked second with 142 rushing yards on 23 carries (6.2 avg.) and was the only receiver with more than one catch. He had caught nine passes for 95 yards (10.6 avg.) and one touchdown. Another junior, Keanu Goseyun, had run 26 times for 111 yards. (4.3 avg.).
PHS is coming off back-to-back losses to St. Johns and Fountain Hills that dropped the Longhorns to 3-3. With extremely challenging games the final three weeks of the season, the Horns can’t afford to lose tonight.
Coach Jake Swartwood said following last week’s 55-14 pounding at Fountain Hills that he expected senior quarterback Miguel Mendoza to return from the knee injury that sidelined him for that game to play against the Tigers. His return would boost an offense shut out in the final three quarters last week.
The Longhorns also failed to score in the second half of the 33-19 homecoming loss against St. Johns.
Next week, Payson faces 5-1 Snowflake. The Longhorns host 5-1 Blue Ridge in the final home game of the year Oct. 25. They close the regular season at 4-2 Show Low on Nov. 1.