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Elder Payne trying to keep Vaughan's opinion the same

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 1:48 pm | Updated: 12:17 pm, Fri Sep 28, 2012.

Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan doesn't have enough Payne in his life.

He already has two in senior Landry and junior Wesley Payne playing linebacker on a defense that just might be the best in the state while they also get some time in the backfield.

But Vaughan would take about 20 more players that have their makeup.

"(Landry) is the meanest and roughest football player we have," Vaughan said. "He is everything I look for in a football player. From the top of his head to the bottom of his toes he is a real football player. His brother does a lot of the same things."

Landry, who is 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds, knows how his coach feels about him and never wants to disappoint him.

"I want him to always look at me that way," he said. "I come out to practice every day trying prove him right."

Payne, who is second in tackles (29) behind his brother (42), will have to go the junior college route after making the mistake of taking school work for granted.

"Right now my grades aren't where they need to be," he said. "I was really lazy as a freshman. I wish I could change it. All I can do is work hard now."

While the grades might be a question mark when colleges come calling, whether or not he gets an endorsement from his head coach is not.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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