This time, the mistakes did them in.
Payson’s football team won its first two games despite plenty of problems.
The Longhorns lost three of their four fumbles, committed nine penalties and were 0 for 4 on extra-point attempts in a season-opening victory over Wickenburg.
But four turnovers at Parker on Friday night proved too much for the Horns to overcome as the Broncs (2-1) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally for a 28-21 victory.
Parker came away with three interceptions and also recovered a Payson fumble in overcoming a 21-14 deficit.
C.J. Markel rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns to lead a Parker offense that netted 302 rushing yards. His 5-yard run with 7:18 remaining capped a 76-yard drive that tied the game 21-21. The home team then recovered a Payson fumbled lateral and drove 48 yards in seven plays to win on Jonathan McTarsney’s 5-yard run with 1:00 showing on the clock.
Parker prevailed despite three touchdown runs by Payson’s Wyatt Chapman. The sophomore tied the game 6-6 on a 5-yard run in the second quarter. He also scored two more TDs in a 62-second span late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.
He knotted the score 14-14 on a 38-yard run with 15 seconds left in the third quarter on a score set up by a Payson recovery of a Parker fumble at the Broncs’ 47. Miguel Mendoza hit Tyus Sarnowski for the two-point conversion pass.
Chapman later raced 86 yards to put the visitors ahead 21-14 with 11:13 remaining in the game.
The Broncs broke a scoreless tie as Markel scored on a 3-yard run with 11:05 to play in the first half to cap an eight-play, 71-yard drive.
Bryan Miller’s 22-yard run and a 2-point run by Markel put Parker ahead 14-6 with 2:37 left in the second quarter. An interception set that score up.
Payson fell to 2-1 heading into this week’s home game against Glendale. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.