October 4, 2011
Mike Costello, No. 17 did his part to help in Payson’s 42-7 Homecoming victory.
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A 22-point third quarter salvo propelled the Payson Longhorns (3-3) to a convincing 42-7 homecoming win over visiting Sedona Red Rock. On Friday evening, Sept. 30, in PHS Stadium, the two teams fought on relatively even terms in the first half before Payson rode a re-energized defensive effort to the victory. At halftime, with Payson clinging to a precarious 13-7 lead, coach Byron Quinlan and defensive coordinator Jake Swartwood were obviously upset with the defensive effort being put forth. So, the two challenged the players during the midway break to step up their efforts and put the clamps on Sedona’s offense, led all evening by quarterback Jack Johnson. As the coaches planned, the players reacted, holding Sedona scoreless in the second half.