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Learning the basics of tackling and blocking is what football is all about at this early age. In a recent game between the Payson Longhorns and the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets both teams seemed to have a handle on grabbing the opponent.

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Rim Country youth football under way with 100 participants

The Rim Country boasts 75 players and 25 cheerleaders in its 2011 Northeastern Arizona Youth Football program. “We’re doing great” said Pam Way, wife of the league president, Daniel Way. Games were held in Payson with Blue Ridge Sept. 10. The teams have two wins, a tie and a loss from the contests. The Mitey Mites, which includes players in the first and second grades, had a win, as did the Juniors, which has players from the third and fourth grades. Payson had so many youngsters come out for the Minors, which is for fifth- and sixth-grade students, it fielded two teams: the Black Longhorns and the Purple Longhorns.

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