September 9, 2011
No. 6, Cade Despain tries to stop the Camp Verde ball carrier’s progress down Longhorn field.
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If the Payson Longhorns are to emerge victorious tonight, Sept. 9, against the homestanding Fountain Hills Falcons, a priority must be to rid themselves of the rash of penalties that have plagued the team in the first two games of the season. In a season-opening 19-12 win over Chino Valley, the Horns were penalized 12 times. An obviously disgruntled coach Byron Quinlan called the clash, “the ugliest win I’ve ever been a part of.” One week later vs. Camp Verde, the penalty situation turned even worse with an unofficial 15 flags thrown against the Horns. Another team goal vs. FH will be to eliminate the mistakes and miscues that resulted in four interceptions and three quarterback sacks in the loss to Camp Verde.