Lobos steadily march to 28-7 victory over Payson

By Greg Perkins

The Lobos avenged last season’s opening round state playoff loss to the Payson Longhorns in a big way with a 28-7 win in Payson last Friday night. After losing their first two games in September, the Lobos have now won three straight, moving their current season mark to 5-2.

Three games remain on their docket, with two promising to be key match ups. After hosting a struggling Roadrunner team on Friday, Oct. 13, the seventh ranked Lobos will play at Show Low on Friday, Oct. 20, and will host Blue Ridge in the regular season finale on Friday, Oct. 27.

Snowflake was consistent in Friday’s win, scoring once in each quarter. David Brimhall scored late in the first period on a four-yard run. Late in the second period Traegon Standerfer hooked up with Taden Flake for a 20-yard scoring toss pushing the lead to 14-0 with Standerfer’s two-point conversion run. Cody Fox scored on a 12-yard run with four minutes left in the third period. Caden DeSpain’s point after boot made the lead 21-0. The Longhorns returned the ensuing kick off 80 yards for their only score of the night. The Lobos put the final points on the board in the fourth period on a 57-yard scoring run by Fox early in the fourth.

Standerfer finished the night with 16 pass completions on 27 attempts for 162 yards with one score and one pick.

Flake was the leading receiver, catching six balls for 100 yards with one touchdown. Brimhall had five grabs for 24 yards. Jace Merrell had two for 16, Davis Kay, one for 15; and Fox, two for 7 yards.

Fox led the ground attack with 80 yards and two scores on eight attempts. Brimhall rushed 13 times for 48 yards and found the end zone once. Jace Merrell had 25 yards on five rushes, Jake Christensen had 12 on three runs and Standerfer gained one yard on five attempts.

This week the Lobos welcome in a Holbrook team that is really struggling. The Roadrunners have been outscored 124-6 in losses to Blue Ridge and Show Low in the past two weeks. Things don’t figure to get much better for visiting Holbrook on Friday night.